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Date:11/20/2014 1:13:26 PM
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Hi Sweetpepper,
we are off to another week of exploring and adventure in Everything BIRDS. November 12th
A happy Monday to all my friends. This is SKY here. Today we shall take a closer look at the TAMBOPATO MACAW PROJECT. Some of you enjoyed the adventure on Friday to this location and the awesome photos of hundreds of wild Parrots and Macaws. These photos are posted in my gallery.
The Tambopato Macaw Project was begun in 1989, by naturalist Educardo Nycander to study the habits and history of wild Macaws in the South-Eastern Peru area. Backed by the support of the Wildlife Conservation Society the Tambopato Research Center was built in the center of a large uninhabited track of Virgin Rain Forest. The Center to this day is located at the Upper Tambopato River, south east of the city of Puerto Maldonado.
The Collpa Colorado Clay-lick, lies 500 meters from the Center, home of the World's Largest avian clay-lick.
Here researchers are able, from hidden observation platforms, to observe and document the natural social and pair-bonding/courtship behaviors of large species Macaws. The mineral rich clay deposits attract literally hundreds of parrots, and Macaws from across a large portion of the Peruvian rain forest. Congregating on this 550m long stripe of detoxifying clay on banks rising to 130feet high.
The Macaw Project has drawn countless volunteers, in excess of 200 individuals from around the planet who come to study the tie between food abundance or clay lick access and nesting success. The study hopes to record whether the use of the clay lick correlates with the population numbers, as well as large Macaw nesting success. The tie between food supply, climate and the clay lick are unsure, but it is known that the clay is vital to the survival of the species.
Wild parrots, and Macaws eat whatever fruit, seeds and other foods available at any given time. However, during dry,or overly humid weather many of their dietary sources are effected, forcing the birds to forage on unripened or overly ripened foods, many of which are toxic. The clay has been proven to remove these impurities from the Macaws/parrots digestive track making the foods nutritional and safe.
Researchers are catching and banding wild Macaws in hopes to be able to track their nesting, foraging and social behaviors and to monitor the population health and numbers. Without this key information conservation efforts may be in vane in their efforts to safe the various Large species Macaws, and parrots in general.
To learn more, or to see how you can help out please visiting on-line;
Tambopato Macaw Project.
I would like to take this moment to thank each of you for your friendship and awesome support. You are what true friends should be, and from my heart I thank you,
with my heart filled with love,
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