Bonaire’s Annual Parrot Count is January 28th, 2017.
On the morning of Saturday, January 28th, 2017, from 5:00 AM through 9:00 AM, Echo Foundation and STINAPA will host the annual Bonaire lora (parrot) count. If you are on Bonaire on this date, the event will insure a unique, fun, and educational experience. Visitors are always welcome to join in.
Bonaire’s annual parrot count is a fun, unique, and educational experience.
Why do we count Bonaire’s parrots?
The goal of the annual roost count is twofold: 1) to make the most accurate and reliable estimate of the number of wild loras on Bonaire, and 2) to help develop, promote or continue the involvement of the community in the conservation of the loras.
By knowing approximately how many parrots are on the island, it can determined how the population is doing. Information that has been gathered over the years suggests that the number of parrots on Bonaire is increasing. This is a good thing considering in most other places where they live, their numbers are declining!
Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot
Why is the Bonaire parrot count only held one day a year?
Because the loras do not always stay in the same site to roost, it is best to count them all at the same time, hence the reason why the annual count is performed on one morning in the year. Counters need to be present at their roost site prior to sunrise in order to not disturb the animals to be counted there.
Learn how to participate with a pre-count information meeting.
If you have not participated before, never fear! There will be a pre-count meeting on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00 PM (location TBD) to explain what it is, how it’s done, and why it is important.
Win great prizes, just by participating.
If you are on Bonaire, please consider participating in this citizen-science opportunity! However, you must be an early bird–the count gets started pre-dawn! All participants are eligible for the special raffle and will have the opportunity to win great local prizes, such as books, identification cards, t-shirts, and gift certificates!
For additional information.
Feel free to contact Echo Foundation for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the event Facebook page.
(Source: Echo Foundation)