Birders’ Exchange is Rocking! Scarlet Macaws are Squawking

Birder's Exchange is still at it! Putting binoculars and bird books into the hands of people who are making a difference like our friend Juan.

Birder’s Exchange is still at it! Putting binoculars and bird books into the hands of people who are making a difference like our friend Juan.

Paso Caballos is a Maya Q’eqchi’ village located on the southeastern edge of Laguna del Tigre National Park in the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala. Downriver from Paso Caballos is the Scarlet Macaw Biological Research Station (EBG), where the Guatemalan National Parks Service and Wildlife Conservation Society- Guatemala (WCS) jointly manage a Scarlet Macaw population recovery program, primarily by providing veterinary health for wild chicks and fostering placement of rescued chicks and wild macaw eggs incubated at an on site laboratory. Also nearby is the EBG ecolodge, where people come to escape the crowds of Tikal and also gather annually for one of the longest standing and most productive Christmas Bird Counts in the country– in 2015, they registered 242 species.
Juan Cuz Coc is the President of ATUPAC- the local tour guide association, has participated in 3 Christmas Bird Counts and most recently completed National Audubon’s Basic Bird Guide Training Program, carried out by Audubon’s local partner WCS. He hopes to expand his knowledge of the area from general nature and archaeology to birds.
On behalf of ABA’s Birders’ Exchange Program, WCS was happy to deliver a pair of 10×42 binoculars and a copy of The Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas to Juan, which he will share with his fellow tour guide committee members.
Paso Caballos is the entry point for exploring the avian diversity of western Peten. The best time to spot a Scarlet Macaw is during nesting season, December through April. For more information, www.lasguacamayas.org and info@lasguacamayas.org

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