Recovering the Legend in Solentiname Archipelago
The Solentiname Archipelago in Lake Nicaragua (also known as Lake Cocibolca) was formed thousands of years ago by a violent volcanic eruption. Slowly then a mixture of dry and wet forest advanced with all the wondrous species of the mainland. Much more quickly however, people have deforested the islands and taken the parrots. Fundación del Rio witnessed this devastation and to help reverse this trend, purchased nearly half the island of Macarroncito, the last island in the chain. There they built a biology station, made some habitat corrections, and invited a local family to protect the yellow-naped amazon. Anecdotal accounts suggest the yellow-napes are making a recovery, but no one knows for sure. One Earth's plan is to help them set up a long term monitoring program and also to support their plans for a full scale conservation effort on this one island, which then could spread to the other islands. Dr. Joyner visited there in 2014 to do a quick survey of the yellow-naped population of the island. We will continue to support them by bringing people to the station for classes and ecotourism, and hence help families financially so they can afford to conserve their lands and their birds. Solentiname means place of rest, and our goal is to make this a place of rest for the many to come so they enjoy this island and in so doing protect the bird and support the people. For reflections on this work, go here.
This is an ongoing project.
Current Partners: Fundación del Rio
Keeping the Dream Alive on Ometepe Island
On a voluntary basis, for the last several years biologists have been counting parrots on one part of this twin volcano island in Nicaragua's Lake Colcibolca. As the yellow-naped parrot is endangered throughout Central America, One Earth stepped up to lead the way for monitoring and conserving the parrots on the island. Dr. Joyner has been supervising a group of biologists to count the birds, and begin education and awareness programs. She went there in early 2014 to do a preliminary survey of half the island and conduct parrot conservation and monitoring workshop. The group of biologists, known as LOCOS, completed counting the rest of the island after she left, and repeated counting the entire island in November of 2014. We now have two complete counts of the island, and a beginning education program. The data is still being analyzed, but preliminary results suggest over 1000 yellow-naped and red-lored amazons and a substantial show of family groups. The majority of these birds are yellow-naped amazons. We need to repeat this count at least once in 2015 and also start documenting nesting locations and success rates. For reflections, go here, a report of the spring count, go here.
This is an ongoing project.