Later this year, we will be going to Costa Rica and a few other places in Central America for birding. One of the biggest problems facing wild birds, especially parrots which can be sold to the black market pet trade is poaching. Organizations such as the Ara Project are trying to save what’s left of the remaining population of Great Green Macaws by breeding them and releasing them into the wild. If you plan to be in Costa Rica, they are presently located in Alajuela but due to an eviction by the landlord they are moving to Punta Islita.
They also need volunteers which would not only be very rewarding but a lot of fun while you help to conserve these beautiful, endangered macaws. More details on their website. Don’t forget to download the Lonely Planet book about volunteering to help you get started!