|Notts Parrot Club and Cambaquara, Brazil|
In the 16 years of its existence, Notts Parrot Club, founded by Colin Palmer and me, has regularly made donations to parrot conservation and rescue. Sadly, the November 28 2016 meeting was the last. At that gathering I showed a Powerpoint presentation of my visit to south-eastern Brazil earlier that month, including the work of Cambaquara.
This organisation was set up by Pablo Melero and Silvana Davino and funded by themselves. It exists to rehabilitate and release Mealy Amazons, Maroon-bellied Conures, Maximilian’s Parrots and Plain or All-green Parakeets (Brotogeris tirica). When chicks fall out of nests or are illegally removed by local people, the authorities take them and pass them on to Cambaquara.
Silvana feeding conure chicks
In 2014 it was officially named as ASM Cambaquara, an organisation that could receive, rehabilitate and release the four parrot species and the Green-billed Toucan (Ramphastos dicolorus).
In November 2015 the first Mealy Amazon release occurred from the flight aviary. One bird returned to the aviaries and needed to be recaptured but the others successfully integrated into the wild population. In a tree about one kilometre away a pair of Mealies had fledged two young only four months after being released. Because they were ringed, their identification was certain. It was a very proud day for everyone concerned when the parents brought their young back to the release aviary. Many Maroon-bellied Conures have also been reared and released, after the chicks have been removed from nests in the roofs of houses where they are considered a nuisance.
Released Maroon-bellied Conures
Cambaquara has two release sites. One is on their property and the other is in a less populated area. Release goes hand-in-hand with education. This is on-going but occurs especially after birds are released. Flyers are distributed and, equally important, Silvana and Patrick Pina, their environmental consultant, have a lot of contact with local people In schools and in communities they make them aware of the importance of the project and of protecting the local bird life.
Mealy Amazon in the forest reserve
This personal contact has made an enormous difference to the attitudes of the local people in valuing and caring for the birds. Indeed, it has been so successful that in 2015 the Mealy Amazon was declared the official bird of Ilhabela!
If you would like to stay at Silvana and Pablo’s beautiful property, in their bed and breakfast chalets, or if you would like to donate to their work, you can e-mail Pablo:
Powerpoint presentations by Rosemary in 2016
April, Phoenix Landing Symposium, North Carolina, USA: The Foraging Parrot and Nutrition
April, Ohio, USA: Parrot Behaviour
June, Notts Parrot Club: Phoenix Landing organisation and Symposium
June, Think Parrots, Surrey: Parrot diets from wild to captivity
July, PS of Australia, Brisbane: Amazon Parrots and Pyrrhuras: Aviculture and Conservation and Lories: breeding and management for quality of life
September, Notts Parrot Club: Clay licks of Peru
September Parrot Society 50th Anniversary, Chester: In situ conservation research
November, Lory Group, Rio de Janeiro: Lories: breeding and management for quality of life
November, University Rio de Janeiro: Parrot Conservation -- Brazil and worldwide Parrot Breeding for quality of life
November, Notts Parrot Club: Atlantic forest of Brazil, parrot rescue and conservation.
Donating book profits to conservation
Most of my income from book sales goes to parrot conservation projects.
To date in 2017, I have made donations to the Norfolk Island Green Parrot project and my initiative to protect lories and other parrots from over-trapping in the islands of the North Moluccas in Indonesia (see Articles: Saving the Lories of the North Moluccan Island).
In January 2016 I received an urgent appeal from Fabio Nunes of the Grey-breasted Parakeet project. Their researcher Mateusz had just arrived from Poland and they urgently needed to fund his observations of a tiny isolated population of four birds (see photo). They were found in a remote mountain location in north-eastern Brazil. Could I help? Together with my friend Brian Milton (we both visited the project in September 2013) we sent £323. This was enough to fund Mateusz for his research during the breeding season which was just starting.
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Rosemary Low donated 475 Euros from the sale of her books at the Loro Parque convention to Loro Parque Foundation.
In 2015 she has also made personal donations to conservation projects for the Grey-breasted Parakeet and Lear's Macaw in Brazil.
In 2016 she donated to the Lymington Foundation and Cambaquara and Grey-breasted Conure Project in Brazil as well as the World Parrot Trust and Birdlife International.