Learn more about Echo Bonaire in this video interview with founder and director, Sam Williams.
Echo Bonaire, a conservation group that is dedicated to the protection of the yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot (Amazona barbadensis), are one of five nominees that have a chance win funding from the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). Visitors to the European Outdoor Conservation Association website can vote for their favorite project, and the winner receives $28,000 in funding for their program. The voting ends on March 31, 2014.
Courtesy Echo Bonaire
Bonaire’s ancient tree’s are gone leaving less food and fewer nests for parrots, such as the yellow-shouldered Amazon parrots.
If they were to win the contest, Echo Bonaire said "this project will use the yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot to increase the perceived value of the dry-forest on the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean and drive habitat restoration. The only population of yellow-shouldered Amazon parrot outside Venezuela, this species is threatened due to loss of nesting habitat and food sources as well as the reduction of ground vegetation due to the introduction of goats, pigs and donkeys thereby reducing soil creation, water retention, increasing erosion and impacting coral reefs. Echo Bonaire will use this project to give value to the forest through the creation of 17 kilometers of new trails, improvement of trailhead facilities, herbivore exclusion areas and the planting of 20,000 native trees.”
Though the dollar figure may seem small, $28,000 could go far, according to Echo Bonaire. According to the Echo Bonaire Facebook page, they would be able to "safeguard the future of parrots on Bonaire, restore the island’s forests and engage the public in nature conservation.”
Echo Bonaire was founded in 2010, but their work started back in 2002, when the founder of the project, Sam Williams, PhD, started working with the parrots in Bonaire. Their conservation efforts are sponsored by the World Parrot Trust, the Disney Worldwide Conservation fund, the World Wildlife Fund and more.
Other nominees include the Batumi Raptor Trail Count in Georgia, Forum Konservasi Leuser in Sumatra, Azafady in Madagascar and the World Land Trust.
In the past seven years, the European Outdoor Conservation Association has given more than $1.7 million to 54 projects in 32 countries. For more information about the EOCA, visit their website here.
For more information on voting, visit the voting page here.
One of Echo Bonaire's banners promoting their project, which has a chance to win $28,000 from European Outdoor Conservation Assocation.
For more information on Echo Bonaire, visit their website here