Auction to Benefit Parrots Starting Soon!
World Parrot Trust Auctioning the Artwork of Chris Maynard of Featherfolio
How would you like to own an original masterpiece and support parrot conservation at the same time? On September 23, 2017 you’ll have a chance to bid on one of many unique feather sculptures and artist-signed prints.
About the Auction
The World Parrot Trust is teaming up with artist Chris Maynard of Featherfolio for a one-of-a-kind fundraiser – an auction of wildlife art supporting parrot conservation. Chris combines his scientific knowledge, artistic sense, and love of feathers into a stunning art form. Skillfully crafted from naturally-molted parrot feathers, these remarkable pieces need to be seen to be believed! His art is found in museums and collections around the world. A portion of the proceeds from this auction will support conservation efforts currently underway in Costa Rica at WPT partner The Ara Project to protect and restore populations of Scarlet and Great Green Macaws.
About The ARA Project
Launched in 1982, the Ara Project is dedicated to saving Costa Rica’s parrots who are facing the threat of extinction. Their efforts so far have mostly been towards saving the two native Macaws: the endangered Great- green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). But with the shocking results following recent studies on the native Yellow-naped Amazon parrot (Amazona auropalliata), The Ara Project will soon be expanding its work. All three species have been heavily impacted by human pressures including unsustainable capture for the wild bird trade, hunting and habitat loss, and their populations have been significantly reduced. They are still at risk in the wild, and are in urgent need of help.
The vision of The Ara Project’s efforts is to have thriving parrot populations in healthy, protected ecosystems, across their former range in Costa Rica. Up to 2016 most of the organisations’ work has been to reintroduce Macaws at strategic points located between areas where wild populations occur. As they will continue to release and monitor Macaws at their two most successful release sites, Punta Islita (Scarlet Macaw) and Manzanillo (Great- green Macaw), they are currently expanding their efforts. Emphasizing on strategic collaborations between key-partners across the country, the organisation is now implementing targeted conservation management of the wild population, ultimately working towards a species recovery plan.
Don’t miss your chance to own a unique piece of feather art!
Go online to view a list of the items up for auction, and REGISTER TO BE NOTIFIED when the Auction begins.
HARI Conservation efforts with The Ara Project
Trip in 2013: The ARA Project – Saving the Great Green Macaw
Updated trip in 2015: