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Islita

The Joy of Flying Free

The Joy of Flying Free The weeks leading up to the release of thirteen Scarlet Macaws from the Punta Islita site of the Ara Project were some of the busiest the project has recently experienced. Countless hours were spent readying the birds (and ourselves) for this milestone and I was
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Birds, bees & babies Part 2

  As a photographer, I am used to documenting the achievements of other people and following their steps into the field to capture their hard work. I absolutely love doing this because the people I work with are humble and don’t like to make a fuss despite the amazing work that t
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Birds, bees and babies

Bees, they make fantastic honey, but not room mates and with breeding season just around the corner, it was time for them to move along. As you can imagine, dealing with a hive of Africanised honey bees, in an artificial nest box, up a 20 ft tree wasn’t a task for the faint hearted. L
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The Wonders of the “Whaa Whaa”: Part II

After the excitement of the first day of the month long survey things were looking great. Spending time with Tim and Christine was fantastic; they were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the Yellow-napes. On our second day we were up early to try and locate birds for the vocalisa
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The Wonders of the “Whaa Whaa”: Part I

I joined the Ara Project team in November 2015, which seems in the distant past now, to become the Site Manager of the projects Manzanillo release site. When I first arrived there I was blown away by the whole area, it was even more stunning, lush and packed with life than I was ever
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Katie’s Story Part III: A time to reflect

It’s hard to believe eight months have passed since I arrived at The Ara Project. I remember from that evening a rush of hands pulling me and my bags out of the truck and the pouring rain, another rush of introductions and an instant feeling of community. It was a similar manner
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GREAT NEWS!! Rose has been found and she’s had a thrilling adventure…

Dear Ara Supporter , Our loyal donors that gave to Stop poaching made it possible for us to rescue Rose – the Macaw chick who was taken from her nest last year! Here’s what we believe has happened with poor Rose:                   &nbs
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Katie’s Story: Part II – Things are heating up!

With dry season setting in, things are heating up in the aviaries. Breeding season is in full swing, and in Curu that is most apparent in the aggression of the pairs. Curu 2, 8 and 6 are quick to puff out their feathers and spread their wings when they see me, their pupils dilating an
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Katie’s Story: Part 1

I watch the waves lapping serenely at Playa Islita, reflecting on my first month volunteering with The Ara Project when, with a thud, a beach almond plummets to my feet. I don’t need to look up to know who threw it: a wild Scarlet Macaw, one of The Ara Project’s previously released fl
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The Birds and the Trees: interning at The Ara Project

I came into this internship with little idea of what to expect. I knew I wanted to strengthen my understanding of conservation management and of the breeding of scarlet macaws, but this can be achieved in many different ways. When Sam told me I was going to learn how to tree climb to
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