No. 47 Scarlet macaws, ancient ruins, and our Christmas appeal.
By Tiiu-Imbi Miller | Newsletter No. 47 December 2013

Christmas is a time for giving.  If you have not already done so, please send us whatever donation you can afford. We do not have other income apart from the donations of our supporters and fund raising by our members. You can either post a cheque (address at the end) or click on the Donate button on our website to pay with any credit card. Thank you very much.

In September I went to the Conference on Honduras, where we met many good people and shared experiences and knowledge. But early one morning we went to see six rescued macaws that had been cared for and reared and were now released. Regrettably, once they saw they were free, they flew off so fast that my video clip of them flying to freedom is but a streak of colour. But you can read more about it at

http://asociacioncopan.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Psitta-Scene-Parrots-in-the-Wild-Article-ASCOPAN-Macaw-Mtn.pdf

and I do have photos to share with you. There’s nothing like taking one’s own photos.

                                                      Just before release.

 

The scarlet macaw is the national bird of Honduras – and surely he knows it!

 

They are free, but they are also fed  there, so the place is full of them. What a sight – and what a racket they make.

At the end of the conference we had an afternoon free and visited the Mayan ruins at the Archeological Park, and the scarlet macaws again.

The Mayan ruins are huge. This is a view from up on one part looking down. See how small the people look, giving an idea of size.

                                                   More magnificent ruins.

The Mayans left, and now the trees are growing up through their buildings.

The Mayas left and abandoned all these magnificent buildings and statues. Why did they leave?  We do not know for certain exactly what happened, but it seems very likely that long drought, aggravated by the deforestation of the region by the Mayans, caused a collapse of agriculture. So they had to abandon all these magnificent structures and moved away North. We all link deforestation with the release of carbon that causes climate change. But trees also recycle water and therefore increase rainfall, so that deforestation can cause immediate damage to agriculture quite apart from any effect on global warming.

Rainforest Saver is a ‘root cause’ charity. We aim to prevent climate change and hunger in a long term, sustainable way, by providing slash and burn farmers with an alternative, more productive way of farming. There are over 200 million such farmers, all with families to feed. If they are not provided with a sustainable alternative they will have no option but to slowly destroy the rainforests, for otherwise they would starve. Eventually, when the forests are gone, both they and we will suffer.

 

Please donate whatever you can afford to enable us to carry on the work of promoting the sustainable alternative of Inga alley cropping. Thank you.

Finally, we wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Tiiu

 

Tiiu-Imbi Miller, Mrs., PhD.
Secretary
The Rainforest Saver Foundation
Scottish registered charity no. SC039007
contact@rainforestsaver.org
www.rainforestsaver.org

+44 (0) 131 477 6970


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