4/04/2008

Parrots, Parrots, Everywhere!



Parrots have been in the news in the state of Sinaloa over the last two days.

Two men were caught transporting 476 baby parrots - mostly conures that are endangered in this area. They asserted that the birds were from Costa Rica but local experts believe they were wild caught here in the state. You can read today's article in the Noroeste here. (The pictures above and below are really wonderful if you click them to enlarge...)

Mazatlán has a very active and dedicated rescue organization, Conrehabit. We got to know them the first week we were in our house, when a Night Heron crashed into our courtyard and was injured. They picked him up and attempted to save him, unfortunately without success.

The word went out on the local boards yesterday that Mazatlán was getting 276 of the rescued baby parrots. People were asked to help with hand feedings or if not able to do that, donations (PayPal is accepted) were welcomed on the Conrehabit website. (link above)

Paul called and talked to some of the people coordinating the effort, and today we went and picked up 50 baby parrots to foster for a couple of weeks. We have only done one feeding, but it wasn't quite as messy or as difficult as we thought it might be. The feeding took a little over an hour. Their food is a combination of Pedialyte and Gerber Rice & Grain. We mix it up thin and put it into a syringe. They gobble it up.

The birds need feedings three times a day at least. And you should hear the racket they make! When they start eating on their own they will eventually be moved to Conrehabit's ranch, where there is a large aviary. Eventually, once the government says it is ok to do so, they will be set free.

For any of you who are so inclined, I am sure Conrehabit would welcome your PayPal donation. If you live in the area and want to help, we'd love your help with a feeding or maybe you would like to foster some birds yourself. Email us or stop by if you like!

We were told today that the perpetrators of this crime are subject to a 9 year jail sentence. Seems fair to me.


Added Sat. 4/5: If you like parrots, check out the NY Times interactive on some people with 11 parrots!

10 comments:

Cynthia Johnson & Mike Nickell said...

Oh my goodness - you are something to take on 50 baby parrots! I admire your determination.

But what do the dogs think???

Sans said...

I am getting a batch of these guys this morning as well!

Jonna said...

Awwwww!! so cute, they are sooooo cute! good for you guys and all the rest up there in Maz that are doing this.

Beth said...

How adorable are they????

What a generous thing you guys are doing. And 50 of them?? We had an umbrella cockatoo years ago, and I do LOVE birds! Not sure I'd want 50 at once though!

Have fun with those little guys!

MexicowithKids said...

Wow, that'll keep you busy! They are so cute, and what you're doing is great!

Hope the feedings continue to go well. Couple questions if you know: How old are the birds? How do they suspect they were acquired? Can they fly??

RiverGirl said...

That's great that you are helping the parrots. Love the photos!

John W said...

I don't understand why people have to trap wild parrots. So many are bred in captivity, like my inherited parrot, Chiapas. I can readily understand why there is such a demand for them. Chiapas has bonded with me, he's affectionate, takes naps with me (perched on my knee), likes to shower with me (he sits on my shoulder and talks up a storm when the spray hits him).

Kate said...

Nancy and Paul, Bravo for you two. Unfortunately we left Maz on March 30th so we've missed all the excitement! I do so envy you the opportunity to become involved with this emergency. What a wonderful gift you are giving those birds.

I should probably wait for your response, but I want to put this on my visualstpaulblog. I'll credit your photo and provide a link to your site. If you object I'll take it off immediately. Check it out at
http://visualstpaul.blogspot.com/

PS. I was in Hector's Spanish class and met you briefly a few times there and around Maz.

Wish we were still there. Kate

Jilly said...

What a story. People who transport native birds and animals...grrrrr.

You are doing wonderful work with these birds. I know Kate and her husband would like to be there, getting stuck in. Come to think of it, so would I!

heather said...

Holy cow, what a commitment! I applaud you, and the birds are so cute!!