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Islita

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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Life lessons from my macaw maestros

Sadly my time at The Ara Project and in Costa Rica is drawing to a close. As I reflect on everything I’ve done and seen here, it seems incredible it’s only been 9 months. From finding snakes in my bathroom and tarantulas in my kitchen to nursing sick macaws back to health, learning ho
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Parrot ambassador in Costa Rica

I wasn’t sure what to expect as a parrot ambassador for The Ara Project in Costa Rica. The only thing I knew was that I had won the online competition with Holiday Pirates and I was very excited and happy about that. On May 2nd I boarded the plane to Costa Rica. Upon arrival in San Jo
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An ode to our volunteers

As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, we regularly have volunteers from all over the world here at the Punta Islita site and also over on the east coast at our Manzanillo site. Our volunteers are absolutely indispensable to our work – they look after our captive birds by cleaning avi
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Bird rescue

One of our released birds recently came back into our care.  He is a male around 10 years of age who was one of the first birds to be released in Punta Islita back in 2011. It is unusual but occasionally these birds run into trouble and luckily for them, have a willing group of human
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