Everyone thinks of beach. Snorkeling. Scuba. San Juan. I thought rainforests and the only parrot indigenous to the U.S. The Puerto Rican Parrot. I'm biased, in that I think all parrots are beautiful. But good grief. Take a look at this beauty!
I've got an Orange Winged Amazon, Mandolina, a.k.a. "Mandy." Even so, to be redundant, all parrots hold a special place in my heart.
I'm very impressed with the incredible efforts that we are going through as a nation to bring back the Puerto Rican Amazon Parrot. El Yunque Rainforest, just a few miles from my hotel, the Wyndham Rio Mar, offers a conservation program.
Oh, I bet you didn't know this either. El Yunque is in 2nd place as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Unbelievable! That is until you see it. OMG. You know, sad statistic is that there are only about 295 Puerto Rican Amazons counting both captive and wild populations. But as a nation, we're pulling it together to bring this wonderful parrot back. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains a El Yunque has a Puerto Rican Parrot nursery. Puerto Rico celebrates these parrots. In fact, the municipal of Rio Grande boasts statues of Puerto Rican Parrots at the entry and exit of the town off of Hwy 3. They are actively trying to re-introduce this beautiful parrot back into our only American Rainforest.
I don't know about you, but I'm an avid ecology advocate. I want my son and his kids to experience a clean, diverse, and rich world. Including the Puerto Rican Amazon Parrot. So, as you read this blog update, please consider the journey that your particular parrots' ancestors have had to endure. Respect their unique diversity and personalities. Appreciate and enrich their captive existence. So, if you have a parrot as a pet, here is what you can do:
Photo borrowed from 10,000 Birds