June brought with it the lovely Bill Wasserman. He has been coming to our rescue for many years now, and never fails to delight with his company and his genuine love for the parrots and other birds at BBR.
He also leaped to our rescue in the shape of a rental vehicle, to cover for the lack of transportation. Yes, you heard that right – our brand new, lovely, beautiful vehicle was carelessly rearranged by an inattentive driver pulling out of a side road. Thankfully no-one was hurt, apart from the truck and a little piece of my soul. We now await the insurance companies: something that has driven stronger folks than myself completely insane.
Bill’s vehicle took us over 750 miles and he rescued 9 birds – 6 of them parrots. Considering Bill is not an enthusiastic driver, this was true dedication to the cause. An additional thanks to Bill for his informative Facebook posts. I’m even learning things!
June was a little frantic with white-fronted Amazon fledglings for some reason. Many had severe nutritional deficiencies, even those that were entirely parent raised, suggesting a shortage of foraging sites.
In total, June brought us 33 new patients, including 19 parrots. The majority of the remainder were songbird babies that fell from nests and couldn’t be put back. We made 13 releases and have 180 birds undergoing rehab at the moment.
Thank you as always to Maryann for creating this fabulous newsletter, and as always our gratitude to you all for your continued support.
Mark your calendars! July 14th is bonus day on GlobalGiving which means two great things for the birds:
New monthly donations set up during the July Bonus Day 2021 campaign will be eligible for both an immediate match and the one-time 100% match (up to $200) to be received after four monthly payments.
Donations over $100 are eligible for a percentage matched by GlobalGiving. The matching funds are limited and the campaign starts at 9 am EDT.
Watch our social media for reminders, we appreciate your support!
Jose and Orlando have created yet another beautiful aviary. Thanks to your generosity we were finally able to remove several wooden ones that had passed their useful life years ago and replace them with this fabulous 10’ x 25’ enclosure. We transferred all of our white-fronted parrots into it, including the recently fledged babies. Although we are still weaning most of the babies, we were delighted to see several of them get adopted by our adults.
Our four teeny yellow-head babies are
doing so well - boisterous and precocious. We hope they can join our fledged flock very soon. This transition stage is awkward with a fragmented flock. We have 9 already weaned and in the flight aviary, we have 6 in the weaning aviary, and then these 4 inside the centre, not yet fledged. By this time next month they should all be in the flight and away from the horrible influence of us humans.
June also brought us the first ‘natural’ baby of the season. One of our white-front couples have been busy raising this gorgeous chick, and are now introducing her to the delights of the easy pickings at the feeders. The joy of seeing these ex-captive birds flying free and raising young is the best reward for anyone who has worked, volunteered, donated or supported. This is what it’s all about!
We only got one baby parakeet (so far) this year, so he’s getting all of our parakeet love to himself! This little guy was in a termite nest that was bulldozed during land clearing. He was lucky to have been spotted by one of the workers before they set fire to everything.
By: Jonathon Urbina
Motmots are one of my all-time favorite birds. It's easy to see why! These 4 little ones were so lucky to survive the excavation of a hill side. They were taken to Belize Bird Rescue last month where Lauren Yang took great care of them. On June 18th I got the honour of releasing them into our backyard - our very own little piece of paradise! One week after release I am soooo happy to inform you all that the 4 young motmots released are alive and thriving! The best part is the wild pair taking the foursome "under their wing".
The beginning of June also
brought us a visit from the lovely Maryann Turner and family. And what a visit! It was like each member of the family had brought Mary Poppins’s handbag with them. Things just kept appearing!
Every single item was donated by you via our wish list. Once again, thank you doesn’t do justice to the level of gratitude for everything you all do for with your incredible generosity and thoughtfulness. Bless you all!
If you would like to send anything for the birds please use the new address: BF/Belize Bird Rescue
Belize Freight Florida Warehouse:
8741 NW 102nd St
Medley, FL 33178
We’ve had 9 chicks that had major diet deficiencies. Some parent raised, some human raised. With supplements and the correct hand-feeding formula and sometimes vet intervention, we try to correct the issues before the bones are fully formed and the damage is irreversible.
We had more than our share of parrots with issues this year. This baby tried to fledge, but given the state of his feathers, couldn’t fly at all. At first we were not sure what this was, but eventually realized it was just poop. We assume the nest was crowded and his siblings bagged the top bunk. It took about a week to clean him off totally. He was also super skinny but is gaining weight fast. He still doesn’t fly well and will need a complete moult before we could think about release.
The Artwork for Aves fundraiser is almost here! This fabulous event is the creation of two champion supporters of avian conservation efforts and this will be their third year raising funds. 2019 benefited the Thailand Hornbill Project and 2020 was Vulpro, we encourage you to check out the Artwork for Aves Instagram feed to see some of the donated art for these fundraisers.
Artwork for Aves has solicited artwork from exceptional artists all over the globe for a Summer raffle to support BBR. This is a unique opportunity to win limited edition and original pieces while supporting our work here in Belize as 100% of proceeds are donated.
Danny & Rob have started posting some sneak peeks at the donated pieces, give them a follow to see them as they are revealed! If you are an artist interested in participating please don’t hesitate to contact them HERE.
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 receive a woven BBR tote bag along with a 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