Another steady month of rescues and rehab, slowly catching up on administration. No lie, I have had a to-do list that includes pending tasks that have been on there for so long, they are more like wishes than things I actually need to do.
This month I finally achieved something that has bounced across 6 annual job lists. Since 2015 I have wanted to produce a budgie care leaflet (Australian parakeet) and we finally took delivery of the printed materials. In case you didn’t realise, Belize is tiny. Fewer than 400,000 people live here, and there are probably less than 30 outlets countrywide that sell parakeet seed, and even less that sell the actual parakeets so getting a stack of leaflets into those stores is not difficult. This means I can pretty much reach every parakeet owner in the country with relatively little effort. It should not have taken me this long to achieve, however with more budgie owners than ever before in Belize, it’s a great time to get this out there. Thank you of course to you, our donors, for the funding to have these printed and available free of cost to the public.
Other than that, only 11 intakes this month, including 5 parrots, 2 badly mangled doves (dog chew-toy survivors) and a very soggy barn owl baby. We’ve done a lot of vet trips this month so bless that vehicle and all who ride in her! We’re counting down to the end of the year, and still have some truly exciting things planned to happen before December 31st. Please watch this space, there may even be room for an extra mid-December Newsletter. We hope your Holiday plans are firming up, and wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday Season.
November 30th is the big day! We will be participating in GivingTuesday again this year and need your help. This is a major fundraiser for BBR and helps us tremendously with our operating expenses.
GlobalGiving’s 2021 #GivingTuesday campaign will last 24 hours, from 00:00:00 EST to 23:59:59 EST on November 30, 2021. Donations during this time frame through GlobalGiving will be eligible for incentive funds. To donate and help us continue our work:
We posted a picture of this little guy this week and many of you asked for a backstory and update. Dynamite appeared at one of our feeders in March 2019 with a freshly damaged beak. Lucky for him he was spotted by one of our lovely guests, Linda Wasserman. He was weak and in great pain and we had no trouble capturing him. We can only guess what happened, but he was a newly fledged youngster, so either a predator attacked him in the nest, or he fledged and then approached the wrong adult parrot who was having a bad attitude day. He took several weeks to heal and become comfortable, and we tidied up his injury as best as we could.
After a more than year in our enclosures we realised several things: Dynamite was coping extraordinarily well with his handicap, he beak showed no sign of overgrowing regrowth, he was wild and independent, and he was absolutely miserable in captivity. We took a chance and released him back into the BBR property and he has completely thrived over the last 2 years. We are always surprised at how animals and bird adapt to disabilities, and it teaches us over and over never to assume we know what’s best for them.
Remember how we rehabbed and released a clipped-wing whistling duck this year. 8 whole months of loss of freedom, captivity, feeding, housing, enrichment at a cost of around $350US, just because someone took a pair of scissors to his feathers. Well, we got two more this week. They should be fledgling now, but they will be going nowhere for many months. We say over and over how much of a curse wing-clipping is, and it is so true.
We got a call from a family in Belize City who found a very wet and bedraggled baby barn owl in their yard after a big rainstorm. We had no idea where he came from, and he was not yet flighted, shivering with cold and covered in mud. Lucky for him our barn owl rehab programme is a well-oiled machine. He should be fine and flying free within a month or two.
A lovely family in Belize City surrendered these two cheeky boys for rehab. They are noisy, fun, outrageously cute, and seem to think that the Samsung message notification whistle is the language of white-fronted parrots. Unfortunately they are both clipped, but they should regrow within a year or so, giving them a straight shot at freedom within 2 years. We haven't named them yet, so if you have any ideas, we would love to hear them.
We're happy to share an update on Lucky One-eye with you. He has moved out to an outdoor enclosure with Peachy Rose and a couple of red loreds that aren't quite ready for the large aviary. He hasn't yet bonded with anyone, but seems happy all the same.
Thank you again for helping with his surgery and care through your generous donations.
There are many supplies we either can't find in Belize or they are very costly so we rely on your kindness through our wish lists. At the moment we are desperately in need of towels and have added several options to our lists but we aren't picky, any brand will do if you can find a better deal! There are items that start at just $2US and we appreciate anything you could help us with! We have two different lists, our MyRegistry list allows us to add products from various stores and then we also have an Amazon list as well.
If you would like to send donations directly to our freight company you can do so at:
BF Belize Bird Rescue
Belize Freight Florida Warehouse
8741 NW 102nd St
Medley, FL 33178 (Please drop us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to keep an eye out!)
This red-lored Amazon baby turned up on the back of a motorcycle in a mesh sack. She was far from happy about the situation, and continues to be upset at the sight of humans, which is in the long run a good thing. She has a clipped wing, and has literally not stopped eating since she arrived. The two guys that dropped her off found her on the ground in their yard. I didn’t get their names or a location, they just said they wanted her to ‘be alright’ so whoever you guys are, thank you so much for the best thing possible for this little lady. I named her Harley!
We had seen images of this bird on social media for a year or so, but we could never figure out where she was located, until this month when we were given a village location along with an image. This demonstrates how small Belize really is, as with just the name of a village the Forest Department located her and brought her in for rehabilitation.
This feather discolouration is the result of a chronic diet deficiency, but now she’s on a better regime we hope she will start to regrow with the true colours of a red lored Amazon parrot. She is another bird that has literally not stopped eating since she arrived, so we may have to put her on a calorie controlled diet before too long! Poor thing can’t win.
One of the easiest ways to support our work at Belize Bird Rescue is through an annual membership. In addition to helping to save Belize's birds, you will receive a membership certificate and surprise merchandise for just $35.
Did you know you can also virtually adopt-a-species to help support BBR? With each adoption you receive a certificate of adoption, species information card, a Parrots of Belize photo card and surprise merchandise. Your $30 donation for each adoption goes directly to help the birds at Belize Bird Rescue.
If you would like to gift a membership or adoption we can help! We're happy to send a card to the recipient with a gift message from you and the membership/adoption package will follow shortly from Belize. Please feel free to email us with any questions.
2021 Donor Appeal from the Director
Tax Deductible Donations to BBR
can also be made via wire transfer:
Rainforest Restoration Foundation Inc.
501(c)(3) EIN 20-8808873
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Routing #267084131. Account #623038368