Monday 10 March 2008.
With recent good news that conservation actions implemented by ProAves for the Yellow-eared Parrot have contributed to a further population increase to at least 850 birds, the 7th annual “Reconcile with Nature” campaign began February 22, 2008, at the Botanical Garden in Bogotá, Colombia.
“With pride we see today in ProAves the fruits of a joint work done by NGOs, government organizations, local communities and children at the departments of Antioquia, Quindío, Caldas and Tolima, focused all on conservation and on the Yellow-eared Parrot and Wax Palm. This achievement is possible thanks to the support provided for ten years by Loro Parque Fundación to this campaign and to the Threatened Parrots of Colombia Programme,” said David Caro, Assistant to the Executive Director of ProAves.
From left to right, David Caro of ProAves, Minister of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, Juan Lozano, Mayor of Bogota, Samuel Moreno, Fabio Arjona, Colombia, Conservation International, and Assistant Director of Social Management of the CAR, Carmen Elisa Ordonez.
ProAves has identified the main nesting areas for this bird, located in Jardín, Antioquia, and Roncesvalles, Tolima and carried out conservation actions that have contributed to the re-colonization of other areas throughout the country. Recently there were sightings in San Pedro de los Milagros (Antioquia), Cajamarca (Tolima), the foothills of the Serrania of Tatamá (Tolima), Yarumal (Antioquia), and in a place in the department of Cauca”.
Copies of Palma de Iraca (Carludovica palmata), donated by the company Jardineros Ltda.
The campaign is lead by ProAves, Conservation International Colombia (CI), the Episcopal Conference, and the Colombian Ministry of Environment, with support from the Botanical Garden and the Environment and Education Secretariats of Bogotá, the National Parks Unit, CAR, the National Network of Botanical Gardens of Colombia, Jardineros Ltda., Fundación Omacha, and Fondo para la Acción Ambiental y la Niñez (FPPA).
The campaign will continue with environmental education workshops, awareness lectures with the Parrot Bus, media promotion and the delivery of educational material to targeted communities. In the town of Génova, Quindío, ProAves will support the Palm Sunday procession in the Holly Week encouraging the use of common plants; the Yellow-eared Parrot Festival will be in Roncesvalles, Tolima May 3-5.