Puerto Rican Parrot on the highway to restoration

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In a two-week interval in September 2017, Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Puerto Rico, devastating the island — and additional threatening the endemic endangered Puerto Rican Parrot. Some parrots died from the storms, and others have been misplaced to hunger or elevated hawk predation of their aftermath. The excessive winds of Maria particularly shredded leafy parrot habitat at El Yunque Nationwide Forest and elsewhere.

Native and federal conservation companies, nevertheless, redoubled their efforts to guard the species. The Puerto Rico Division of Pure and Environmental Sources has been releasing birds at Río Abajo State Forest since 2019, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restarted a parrot-release program in December 2020. Since then, it has launched 81 birds at El Yunque and Maricao State Forest.

Most not too long ago, FWS launched 32 parrots over seven weeks in January and February at Maricao and 31 parrots over two weeks at El Yunque.

Marisa Lopez, mission chief for the PR Parrot Program in Rio Grande, screens the discharge of the parrots utilizing telemetry. Photograph by Jan P. Zegarra/USFWS

Now, with the most recent releases, FWS estimates that Puerto Rico is house to about 250 wild parrots at Maricao, El Yunque, and Río Abajo. As well as, two aviaries on the island operated by federal and territorial companies home about 469 birds in captivity. Plus, biologists say wild parrots are breeding in El Yunque and Río Abajo.

“The Puerto Rican Parrot just isn’t solely emblematic of the island’s magnificence but additionally an emblem of resiliency,” mentioned Leopoldo Miranda-Castro, an FWS regional director. “Regardless of the devastation from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, working with our companions, we’ve achieved this enormous milestone and have this stunning hen again on the highway to restoration.”

Guests and residents residing close to the 2 launch areas must be alert to any parrots and report their sightings to the Division of Pure and Environmental Sources at 787-724-5700, the Division of Pure and Environmental Sources Legislation Enforcement at 787- 244-0081, or the Service at 786-244-0081. Callers can also attain Maricao metropolis places of work at 787-838-2290 or 939-269-0409.   

If a parrot is sighted, please present details about the town and different particulars – the place the parrot was noticed, what number of have been noticed and if the hen(s) had an antenna or cylinder on its neck. Don’t intervene with the hen or attempt to seize it; that might violate state and federal legal guidelines that shield this species.  

Conservation motion prevented extinction of Puerto Rican Parrot and different animals 

Study extra about Puerto Rican Parrot

A model of this text seems in “Birding Briefs” within the Could/June 2022 difficulty of BirdWatching Journal.

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