St Vincent Amazon
Posted 01 March 2011 - 09:43 PM
Paul Butler arrived on St. Lucia in 1978. He went there to help save the unique Amazon parrot that lived there. He learned that there were only about 100 left, that it’s habitat was being cleared and it was being shot for food. On top of that, people knew little about this bird with few taken into captivity. Through use of music, religion, puppet shows, and other popular cultural events he linked saving this parrot to people’s everyday lives. He inspired them through appealing to national pride and self interest. Teaching them that protecting the forest was of benefit to them as well as the parrot.
It worked as this parrot was adopted as the national bird with legislation to protect them following. A viewing forest trail was opened which raised a million dollars for local people from tourism in less than four years.
In 1988 he went to St. Vincent to help the rare parrot there. Once again leading to new protected areas and legislation. He then went on to Dominica and did the same for two indigenous species of Amazon parrot there.
I’ve been to all three of these places and have the refrigerator magnets to show for it. I can tell you that in any tour of the rainforest the people speak of their national parrots with pride and warn of the panalties for messing with them. They are symbolilzed in various gifts you can buy as soulvenirs.
Some would like to know what these birds are like as pets and it's fine to wonder what their personalities are like but, as pets, I personally hope we never know. Given the wild fate of so many birds desired as pets (the continuous trapping and damage to flocks' social systems) I'd much rather that people develop a value for seeing them in their natural habitat (and preserving them in that state of course). Paul Butler could have imported these birds for personal gain and they most likely would have gone the way of the Spix’s macaw (in the hands of a few private collector/breeders). He is truly and example of an ecological hero. Someone who has done something to preserve the natural heritage that belongs to all of us and for all to see first hand.
Edited by SDavid, 01 March 2011 - 09:57 PM.
Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:50 PM
and to acually think keeping something ment to have miles of room to fly, is crule.
but my birds would never fly away from me. they love there home.
but reason i somewhat agree is because theres other ways of getting the breed captavated
rather then wild catching them and attempting to breed. but then at the same time i agree because these wonderful creatures
prolly should have never been captavated the way they where. and the st vincent is still to endangered to be
captivated. but captive breeding increases the population too. its just to bad everyone cant do it right. too many profit breeders.
idk, but it is a beautyful bird
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