HARI has not only been a leader in the enhancement of parrot care in captivity, we are also proud to partner with conservation projects in the wild. We support the work of leading organizations in preserving parrot species and their natural world for future generations.
American Federation of Aviculture
Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots
Avian Preservation and Education Conservancy
Belize Bird Rescue
Flora & Fauna International
Instituto Arara Azul
Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve
Macaw Recovery Network
One Earth Conservation
Parrot Rescue Center of Costa Rica
Red Siskin Initiative
Wildlife Preservation Canada
Avian Rehabilitation Centre & Bird Sanctuary
Founded in 2004, Belize Bird Rescue (NGO) operates under license and support from the Government of Belize Forest Department, and is Belize’s only multi-species avian rescue and rehabilitation centre.
Working under a Belize Forest Department mandate for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild-caught parrots in the illegal pet trade in Belize. Capturing and keeping wild parrots is illegal in Belize. The Belize Forest Department is responsible for enforcement but are battling cultural resistance and lack of resources. Belize Bird Rescue assist the Forest Department by providing the rehabilitation facility for confiscated birds, assistance and funding for logistics, as well as educational materials, banding equipment and handling training for enforcement officers.
More than half of the land directly supports the avian rehabilitation and the remainder is a wildlife sanctuary bordered by 100 acres of dense forest. Focus on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of wild-caught parrots in the illegal pet trade and parrot conservation program for the Yellow-headed Amazon (Amazona oratrix belizensis) parrot.
HARI Conservation efforts with the Belize Bird Rescue
The foundations for Ara Manzanillo began over 35 years ago. In 2010, The Ara Project initiated a Great Green macaw (Ara ambiguous) reintroduction project in the South Caribbean region of Costa Rica near Manzanillo in a national wildlife refuge. This project represented the first time, that the Great Green macaw species were reintroduced into the wild anywhere in the world. The objective of the project was to establish a self-sustainable population in the region. This group could eventually link up with the remaining wild populations of Great Greens of northern Costa Rica and the wild population of central and northern Panama..
After several years of successful reintroduction of Great Green Macaws into their natural habitat, The Ara Project in Manzanillo now known as Ara Manzanillo was legally established as an official non-governmental association, Asociación El Proyecto Ara, in February 2012. The aim of the newly formed organization remained the same as original founders’ goals — to ensure the long-term future of wild parrots in Costa Rica, through restoring macaws to their historic range in Costa Rica, contributing to the scientific community, encouraging the protection of tropical forests, and educating the public to assure the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations for many years to come. The project receives financial and technical support from national and international institutions and NGOs, as well as from hundreds of visitors that come to the release station and also visitors to their webpage.
HARI Conservation efforts with the Ara Manzanillo
In 2018, the Macaw Recovery Network was founded after nearly a decade working in parrot conservation in Costa Rica. As their focus shifted from a local to a more range-wide approach, the need for a network became apparent. The Network is professionally staffed by local and international experts and volunteers who work to save and restore parrot populations across the Neo-tropics. Their primary focus is the critically endangered Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguous) who are in desperate need of attention due to their rapid population decline.
The Network’s main offices are in San Jose. The Great Green Macaw field base from where their field team operates is located in the north of the country, in the province of Heredia. On the North-Pacific coast, Punta Islita is home to their breeding center with rescued Scarlet and Great Green Macaws, one of the worlds biggest and most professional breeding programs for conservation purposes. At the same location, they manage the Punta Islita Wild Macaw Reserve which is home to a reintroduced population of Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao). The network also runs a parrot roost-count tour on the Tarcoles river and conjoined Yellow-naped amazon parrot (Amazona oratrix) monitoring with Equipo Tora Carey in El Jobo, Guanacaste.
The HYACINTH MACAW INSTITUTE is a non-governmental organization focused on promoting environmental conservation. The Institute has been developing conservation research projects in the Pantanal for 31 years, among them the Hyacinth Macaw Project. These actions have contributed to the long-term maintenance of healthy hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) populations living in the wild within their natural habitat.
Our mission is: “To promote the conservation of biodiversity, in seeking efficient uses of natural resources to better quality of life.”
The Hyacinth Macaw Institute relies on partnership arrangements with a variety of individuals and companies, including many who have been with us for 30 years, such as Toyota and the Toyota do Brasil Foundation. In 2021, our cadre of sponsors consisted of Toyota, Toyota do Brasil Foundation, Zurich Zoo, WCS-Brazil, Loro Parque Foundation, WWF Brazil, Instituto Neoenergia, Sicredi, Granado, and Naples Zoo. We also received support from Uniderp, Caiman Ecological Refuge, SOS Pantanal, Parrots International, and the godparents that participated in the Adopt a Nest and Adopt a Chick Campaigns. We also count on the media, which is an important ally in the task of disseminating research results.
In 2019, HARI Conservation supported the Hyacinth Macaw Project by sponsoring a nest in the Pantanal, as part of the annual Adopt a Nest Campaign. This campaign began in 2014 as a means to strengthen the Hyacinth Macaw Project in the Pantanal area of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Each year, we release a new edition of the campaign, which relies on the renewal of existing adoptions and the formation of new ones.
By promoting the Hyacinth Macaw Project on its website, HARI Conservation encourages other companies and individuals to support the actions of the Hyacinth Macaw Institute, as they did in 2019, however possible at: support.
HARI Conservation efforts with the Instituto Arara Azul
Macaw Mountain operates as an educational zoological park under a permit from the Honduran Department of Forestry. Macaw Mountain opened its doors in December 2001 as a bird park and nature reserve focused on preserving and presenting to the public the stunning beauty of Honduran flora and avian fauna. In 2011 they began working to restore a population of free-flying scarlet macaws (Ara macao) to Copán’s famous Archaeological Park in conjunction with the World Parrot Trust, the local NGO Asociacion Copán and several government agencies.
HARI Conservation efforts with the Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve
The Parrot Rescue Center of Costa Rica is a 501(c)3, non profit rescue center that collaborates with the local Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment and Energy (MINAE). Primary focus is to rescue, rehabilitate, and, whenever possible, release parrots that have been kept in captivity illegally. For those that are unable to be released, they provide a permanent, safe environment that fulfills their physical, mental and social needs.
Most of the PRC releases are of pet parrots, all of whom were kept in captivity illegally. These parrots transition to the wild with a “soft release” – which means they are released at the facility where they have resided for months, and are provided with an outdoor feeder.
The PRC has already rescued and rehabilitated more than 70 parrots.
HUGE thank you to Hagen for donating 60lbs of Tropican parrot sticks!!! As always, the birds absolutely love them.
Posted by Parrot Rescue Center Of Costa Rica on Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Lunchy time. Café (middle) seems to be enjoying clay cal that was sprinkled on the fruit. Thanks Mark Hagen for donating it♡
Clay cal is a calcium mineral supplement that hens need during the breeding season. It takes a lot of the body’s calcium to form an egg, so that is why it’s good to have some clay cal during this time of the year. Everyone wish Café and Ramón some luck👍
Posted by Parrot Rescue Center Of Costa Rica on Friday, February 17, 2017
The Red Siskin Initiative works to understand, protect and restore sustainable populations of the endangered Red Siskin (Spinus cucullatus) in northern South America. In Venezuela, the Red Siskin Conservation Center rescues birds from illegal trafficking and collaborates with specialists and organizations internationally to advance a conservation breeding program for future reintroduction. At the same time, in the United States, we have expanded our public exhibits from one to five zoos and continue to increase the number of partner institutions. These exhibits provide learning opportunities, support research, and raise awareness among US aviculturists and the public.
To protect and recover valuable habitat the Red Siskin Initiative is restoring forest through propagation and planting of native trees and promoting best practices in agroforestry. This year we launched the first “Red Siskin Specialty Coffee”, produced by 39 farmers whose coffee farms are certified organic and Smithsonian Bird-Friendly®. In addition, we have built alliances to reduce the threat of illegal bird trade, including a new behavior change campaign that aims to mitigate unsustainable harvest of the Red Siskin and the Yellow-shouldered Parrot and a research project, with Fundación Temaikén of Buenos Aires, Argentina, to better understand wildlife trafficking more broadly across South America.
One Earth Conservation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Currently One Earth has projects in Honduras (Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) and Yellow-naped parrots (Amazona auropalliata)), Guatemala (Yellow-headed parrots (Amazona oratrix), Nicaragua (Yellow-naped on Ometepe Island), Guyana (Sun parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis)), and Paraguay (Hyacinth macaw (Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus) , the Blue-and-Yellow macaw (Ara ararauna), and the Green Wing macaw (Ara chloropterus)), and they are exploring new partnerships in Suriname and French Guiana in 2021. Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner responds to the call for support from the peoples and parrots of the Americas due to her thirty-three years working on front-line conservation in marginalized, and often violent, communities in Central America. There she has witnessed the rampant suffering and high death rate of hundreds of thousands of parrots that enter the global illegal wildlife trade annually. Once distraught at this overwhelming tragedy, and now empowered, Dr. Joyner and other volunteers fight back to nurture nature in its many splendored forms known as parrots.
In 1994 Loro Parque founded Loro Parque Fundación, an international foundation member of IUCN set up to highlight the need for conservation of nature and the environment. The foundation has carried out 82 conservation projects in 28 countries throughout the world, of which 31 keep being active with approximately 150 persons working daily for the conservation of nature. Since its creation they have spent more than $10,000,000 in such projects. The foundation is particularly active in conserving the most endangered parrot species in the world, both with captive breeding (such as with the critically endangered Spix’s macaw) and field projects as well (such as with the equally critically endangered indigo-winged parrot)
Parrots International was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of endangered parrot species and improving the welfare of both companion parrots and parrots in the wild. They are committed to remaining non-partisan, above “eco-politics” and working cooperatively with other conservation organizations for the maximum benefit of the birds. Parrots International develops, funds, and supports an array of conservation projects. Parrots International strives to form strategic cooperative partnerships with organizations and field projects. The majority of Parrots International supported projects are in Central and South American and the Caribbean. Examples include the Spix’s Macaw; the Lear’s Macaw Project; The Puerto Rican Parrot; The Hyacinth Macaw; The Great-green Macaw; The Military Macaw; The Blue-fronted Amazon; The Slender-billed Conure; Pfrimer’s Parakeet; Bahama Parrot; and the Blue-throated Macaw.
The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) is a nonprofit national organization established in 1974, whose purpose is to represent all aspects of aviculture and to educate the public about keeping and breeding birds in captivity. AFA has a membership consisting of bird breeders, pet bird owners, avian veterinarians, pet/bird store owners, bird product manufacturers, and other people interested in the future of aviculture. AFA defines anyone keeping exotic birds in captivity as an “aviculturist” but AFA advocates that this designation carries with it certain responsibilities transcending those of the owners of domesticated pets like dogs and cats.
AFA believes holders of exotic birds need to be aware of the special needs of the species they hold, be aware of their conservation status, up-to-date research findings enhancing the well-being of the birds, and the state and federal regulations pertaining to exotic birds.
Wildlife Preservation Canada’s mission is to save animal species at risk from extinction in Canada by providing direct, hands-on care.
They are the only organization in Canada to provide this critical need for multiple species in multiple recovery efforts across the country. They specialize in science-based techniques such as conservation breeding and release, reintroduction and translocation. Their Action Plan is based on the urgency of the need and is updated annually.
They always work in collaboration with appointed recovery teams and other organizations. Their partners include federal and provincial ministries and parks, habitat-oriented charities and land trusts, zoos, universities and colleges, and local grassroots volunteer groups.
Internationally-known conservation hero and Wildlife Preservation Canada honourary director Richard Fyfe has died. https://wildlifepreservation.ca/canadas-new-noah-program-founder-dies/
Is a registered non-profit organization based in Germany, dedicated to the protection, the conservation and the development of endangered parrot populations and their habitats.
Their conservation strategy targets two main objectives; (1) They develop measures on site to protect endangered parrots from illegal trafficking and to preserve their natural habitats from human influences. (2) In their breeding facility located in Germany, they engage in the breeding of endangered parrots for the future reintroduction of the birds into the wild and for the development of captive safety populations. To achieve their goals, ACTP works closely with scientific institutions, international organizations and wildlife protection agencies as well as a large community of institutional and private breeding organizations.
Is a diverse group of researchers, educators and aviculturists. Using problem-based research, they assist with avian conservation programs throughout the world. They also incorporate an education component in their programs by providing hands on training and educational seminars. This has helped local communities set up cottage beekeeping industries and helped local school children learn about the environment. To help bring the lessons of parrot conservation home, they are using data and real-world examples from their projects to create classroom activities for students. These activities have been used in both high school and university classrooms.
Established over a century ago, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was the world’s first international wildlife conservation organisation. Their mission is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, and which take into account human needs. Their focus is on protecting biodiversity (the diversity of life on Earth), which underpins healthy ecosystems and is critical for the life support systems that humans and all other species rely on.
An Island of hope for the yellow-naped parrot
Ometepe, is home to one of the largest remaining populations of the yellow-naped parrot. The Ometepe yellow-naped parrot population is under pressure from habitat degradation and the loss of forest for agriculture, and there is also a growing threat from the illegal pet trade, with chicks being taken from their nests. As a result, this charismatic parrot faces an uncertain future.
To protect this endangered species, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is working with ornithologists on the island, who have set up a community group, Loreros Observando y Conservando Ometepe, to monitor its population, nesting behaviour and better understand its ecology.