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Islita

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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The wet season

It’s amazing how much can change in just a few weeks. When I went away in early April it was still definitely dry season here; it was HOT and dusty and the hills looked brown and exhausted. I have returned just 4 weeks later to a changed land! In that short time, the Wet, as we say in
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Meet some of the special macaws at The Ara Project!

Some of our residents have suffered from accidents or neglect before being rescued by The Ara Project, and need a little extra care. Because of their injuries they wouldn’t survive long in the wild and therefore will live at The Ara Project until the end of their lives (which can be a
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A sense of satisfaction

Wow what a whirlwind the last six months has been! I’m about to take time off to go and see some friends getting married back home so this seems the perfect moment to reflect on everything we have achieved at The Ara Project in the last few months. I can certainly say there’s a lot mo
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Birds in Love

Love is in the air at The Ara Project! We’ve had a lot of fun recently playing match-maker for both our Scarlet and Great Green macaws.  Both species are monogamous, or, as I like to say, mostly monogamous; like humans you occasionally get infidelity and divorce!  While we can j
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