HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are many ways you can help the Blue-fronted Amazon Project! Check them out:

SPREAD THE WORD!

You can easily use the social media to spread the word and help us promote the Blue-fronted Amazon Project! You can share our posts in your Facebook account and ‘like’ and ‘share’ our posts at the Neotropica Foundation of Brazil’s Facebook page.

 

DONATE!

You can also support the Blue-fronted Amazon by making a donation! All the funds will be fully reverted to the project and the parrots. Even a small amount can make a big difference! To make a donation, please contact us for more information at: glaucia@ fundacaoneotropica.org.br

 

OUR WISH LIST!

If you prefer, you can make an online purchase of an item that we are in need of, and have it sent to us! We are always in need of many things, from simple batteries to rappel material. How does it work? Just follow these simple steps:

1)    Check out our WISH LIST

2)    Purchase it online

3)    Use the following delivery address:

Fundação Neotropica do Brasil. Rua 2 de Outubro, 165, CEP: 79290-000. Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brasil.

Our wish list is continuing changing as our needs change. We will keep it updated!

 

GET A BLUE-FRONTED AMAZON PROJECT PRODUCT!

Would you like to have a nice Blue-fronted Amazon Project product while helping out the conservation of the parrots in Pantanal?! You can get it for you or for a friend! There are two products that you can purchase, and whose profit will be reverted to the Project. You can purchase them online from ECOloja.

One of them is our high-quality T-SHIRT made of 50% recycled polyester (obtained from PET bottles, those used for sodas and other drinks!) and 50% cotton. The T-shirt is available in adult format, or as a more fitted shape (female format). These T-shirts can also be acquired directly from the Neotropica Foundation of Brazil (please contact us for more information at: glaucia@ fundacaoneotropica.org.br)

T-shirt of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project

T-shirt of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project (Image: ECOloja)

Detail of the T-shirt (Images: ECOloja)

Detail of the T-shirt (Image: ECOloja)

The other product is this very nice SILVER RING that resembles a bird legring! The silver to make the ring is obtained from recycled x-ray film! This technique contributes towards the preservation of the silver natural resources and prevents silver residues to contaminate the soil and groundwater.

Silver ring of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project (Image: ECOloja)

Silver ring of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project (Image: ECOloja)

Silver ring of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project (Image: ECOloja)
Silver ring of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project (Image: ECOloja)

We will keep updating this post frequently, as more Blue-fronted Amazon Project products are created and ways to help are added! :)

Meet our headquarters and staff – Neotropica Foundation of Brazil

Dear followers, as you already know, the Blue-Fronted Amazon Project is run by the NEOTROPICA FOUNDATION OF BRAZIL (NFB); a non-profit non-governmental organization. But what you may not know is that NFB is physically located in a gorgeous small city, famous for its natural resources. This city is called BONITO (which literally means beautiful in Portuguese!) and is located about 300 km from Campo Grande, the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul state.

Neotropica Headquarters - Entrance (Image: NFB Archive)

Neotropica Headquarters – Entrance (Image: NFB Archive)

Neotropica Headquarters (Image: NFB Archive)

Neotropica Headquarters (Image: NFB Archive)

Neotropica Headquarters  (Image: NFB Archive)

Neotropica Headquarters (Image: NFB Archive)

Neotropica Headquarters  (Image: NFB Archive)

Neotropica Headquarters (Image: NFB Archive)

BONITO comprises of an area of 4,934 km² and its population is slightly over 17 thousand. It is a famous tourist destination, especially to those like ecotourism and willing to enjoy the many rivers, waterfalls, and caves in the zone. Snorkeling, diving, hiking and rapelling are some of the most requested tours. But Bonito is also a very special spot for birdwatchers (and you can also to see many other wild animals, such as anteaters!). Tourists from all over the word come to Bonito to see its marvelous avian fauna.

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Gláucia Seixas, the executive director of the NFB (Image: Taiana Costa)

The staff at the Neotropica Foundation of Brazil headquarters is composed of 8 people. You all know GLÁUCIA SEIXAS, the founder and head of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project. She is always on the move, between meetings and field trips. She graduated in zootechny, and has a master and a PhD in Ecology and Conservation. She is the Executive Director of the NFB.

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Cecília Brosig (Image: Anne Galvão)

CECÍLIA BROSIG is a biologist and has specialized in translation. She has worked abroad during 4 years (in the US and Latin America), with group training and leadership, environmental education and research. She has experience on developing and implementing educational materials, training on environment and sustainability, and planning and management of protected areas. She has joined the NFB team in August 2012 where she works with many conservation projects at Serra da Bodoquena and Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Anne Galvão

Anne Galvão (Image: Adriele Santos)

ANNE GALVÃO has graduated in Social Communication – Journalism, and has done continuing education in Urban Economics and Public Management, as well as training course in broadcast journalism production. She has worked for two years with collaborative networking and has experience on news, photo and video, video art project, digital and printing design, web design and translation. Anne has advanced level of English and basic Spanish.

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Giana Alves Corrêa (Image: João Albuquerque)

GIANA ALVES CORRÊA has graduated on business administration. She has worked for 5 years in public institutions, doing all kinds of administrative work (from contracts to budget management). She also worked for 2 years with budget management in the private sector. Since 2009 she works at the administrative department of the NFB.

Mariza

Mariza Silva (Image: Anne Galvão)

MARIZA SILVA is a biologist, with a Master in Local Development: Environment and Tourism, and a PhD in Environment and Regional Development from the Universidade Anhanguera-UNIDERP. She has large experience on research for nature conservation and social articulation, with emphasis on conflict negotiation and strategic planning, even in international actions. Mariza is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Anne Zugman

Anne Zugman (Image: Cecília Brosig)

You have met her in previous posts, as she runs our muppet theater! ANNE ZUGMAN is a biologist, working since 2007 with environmental education, both in formal and informal settings. She completed the ONU-recognized international training course Gaia Education: designs for sustainability. She has joined the NFB team in October 2011 working with environmental education and social mobilization, as well as fund-raising.

Samuel Duleba (Image: Márcio Kleber Urt)

Samuel Duleba (Image: Márcio Kleber Urt)

SAMUEL DULEBA is a biologist specialized in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management from the PUC-PR and with a Master in Animal Biology from the UFMS. He worked for seven years as a manager at Units of Conservation (RPPN – Private Reserve of Natural Heritage) implementing management actions, developing environmental education activities and promoting the recovery of exploited areas. He has experience on census of reptiles and amphibians populations and on planning and managing protected regions. He joined the NFB in August 2013 where he works with many conservation projects at the Serra da Bodoquena and the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Verónica Ramirez

Verónica Ramirez (Image: Verónica Ramirez)

VERÓNICA RAMIREZ is a biologist, who graduated from the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS, Campo Grande – MS). She has worked with us at the Blue-fronted Project during four years, either as an intern or an externship. Furthermore, Verónica specialized in Didactics in Higher Education, at the Universidad Nacional de Asunción, in Paraguay. She has lectured at the medicine, nursery and pharmacy courses at the Universidad Politecnica y Artistica del Paraguay (UPAP) for two years. She has experience in ornithology and nest entomofauna.

Besides running the Blue-fronted Amazon Project, the Neotropica Foundation of Brazil is also responsible for many other projects related to nature conservation. If you want to learn more about all the projects, please check the NFB web or the NFB facebook page.

And if you happen to come to Bonito, do not hesitate to pay us a visit at our headquarters!!

The breeding season 2013

The breeding season has finished for now. We had a lot of work and want to share with you some of our results.

Between August and December 2013 we have concentrated our efforts on the reproductive biology and ecology on the Blue-fronted Amazon and other local psittacine species (all but macaws), at the Caiman Ecological Refuge and the Novo Horizonte farm (both in Miranda, Pantanal). The specific objectives of the Blue-fronted Amazon Project were: to characterize nests and nesting habitats; to estimate the size and survival rate of the offspring; and to close monitor the parental care with eggs and nestlings of Blue-fronted Amazon and other local psittacine species (all but macaws).

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Field work! Vandir is checking a nest. (Image: Lucia Monteiro/NFB archive)

Our results: we have monitored 72 tree cavities, including some previously used by Blue-fronted Amazons. From those, 49 (68%) had signs of nesting activity, such as one or two adults in the cavity, the presence of feathers in the cavity, and scratching marks on the entrance. Thirty-one (43%) of the cavities were actually used as nests, as shown by the presence of at least one egg and/or chick. The nests were in 16 different tree species, from 9 families, with different dimensions, and the cavities had variable characteristics. The oviposture and incubation occurred between August and September. A total of 53 eggs were laid; 35 (66%) of them hatched, while 18 (34%) were either predated or did not hatch. The clutch size varied from one to tree eggs per nest, but 2- and 3-egg clutches were much more frequent. The eggs hatched between September and October, and nestlings varied from 1 to 3 (although 2 were more common). From the 35 nestlings that hatched, 25 of them fledged and 10 died (mortality rate among nestling was 28,5%).

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A couple in the nest. (Image: Vandir Silva/NFB archive)

We have also done many environmental education activities in 2013, aiming to raise awareness among kids and teens about the illegal animal trade, through out puppet theatre and the project E-CONS (Empreendedores da Conservação – SPVS-HSBC). And we have shared all our activities and results with local communities, general public and the scientific community.

A parrot!

A parrot! Drawing by Anne Galvão. (Image: Blue-fronted Amazon Project)

We want to thank everyone who worked hard with us in 2013: Anne Zugman, Anne Galvão, Cecília Brosig, Danilo Ferreira Seixas (in memorian), Giana Alves Correa, João Augusto Albuquerque Soares, Marja Zattoni Milano, Mariza Silva, Vandir Fernandes da Silva, and Victor do Nascimento.

We also want to express our most sincere gratitude to our partners and collaborators: Parque das Aves – Foz do Iguaçu – PR; Refúgio Ecológico Caiman – Miranda – MS; Programa Econs – SPVS/HSBC – Curitiba – PR; Alouatta Criações – Corumbá – MS; Companhia das Artes – Campo Grande – MS; and Centro de Reabilitação de Animais Silvestres (CRAS)/Instituto de Meio Ambiente de Mato Grosso do Sul (IMASUL) – Campo Grande – MS.

The hunters of good examples!

Be the change you want to see in the world! With this in mind and tired of hearing and watching bad news, the couple Iara and Eduardo Xavier decided to sell their apartment and take off on a 5-year long road trip called “Expedição Caçadores de Bons Exemplos em A Vida é Uma Viagem!” (Expedition Good Examples Hunters in ‘Life is a Journey!’). They are looking for good examples of people and social projects that do make a difference in their local communities.

Since January 2011, they have traveled almost 190,000 km and found more than 920 good examples in Brazil! This month they arrived in Mato Grosso do Sul and in their search for good examples, they got in touch with the Neotropica Foundation of Brazil and the Blue-fronted Amazon Project! We are very happy and honored that they have chosen us as good examples! :)

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Eduardo and Iara visiting the Blue-Fronted Amazon Project (Image: Caçadores de Bons Exemplos)

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Eduardo and Iara, with our administrative assistant Walter Alexandre Figueiredo, visiting the Neotropica Foundation of Brazil (Image: Caçadores de Bons Exemplos)

This amazing couple believes that there are a lot more good and positive actions in the world than negative ones. Therefore, they are doing this journey with 3 main goals: to inspire people to have good attitudes based on the good examples found (creating a multiplication net); to encourage other people to help whose who are doing these good actions (creating a helping net); and to motivate the good examples, for them to keep working and fighting for their action and dreams.

They share their experiences and all the good examples they find in their website (www.cacadoresdebonsexemplos.com.br) and facebook (www.facebook.com/Cacadordebomexemplo). They have no religious or political view and receive no financial support. But this does not mean they do not need help! Check you their website for more information on how you can help!

We believe that Iara and Eduardo are VERY GOOD EXAMPLES! We admire and congratulate them for this great initiative and wish them all the best in their trip! We are confident that they are making very good friends and gathering positive energy along this journey!

To Iara and Eduarto, a big and warm hug from the Blue-Fronted Amazon Project and the Neotropica Foundation of Brazil! Have a great and safe trip!

The arrival of 2014…

Happy New Year 2013

And 2013 ends with at least 40 more Blue Fronted Amazon fledglings, which we saw hatch, grow and fly from the nest… This year we have learned more about them and the Pantanal… And now, more than never, it is time to share with everyone, including you, everything we have learned.

With the help of the biologist Anne Zugman, we have presented our puppet theater “On the wings of the wind” for over 3 thousand kids and teens, from 50 schools of Pantanal… But this was just the beginning. For 2014 we want more, we want the parrots to spread the word to every corner, on the importance for them to stay free, flying wild…

2013 was also a sad year, as we lost a very important member o four team (Danilo Seixas), who was an excellent manager of the administration and finances of the project… We believe that, wherever he is now, he is still praying for us and for the project…

But 2013 was also a year of reunions! Great friends (which we have not seen for a long time!) visited us, and cheered us on to and continue fighting for the parrots and not give up! Thank you Alessandra Firmino, Taiana, Tânia, Verónica, David and Guilherme…

And our sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped the Project, either with financial resources (Programa Econs SPVS/HSBC, Parque das Aves, Refúgio Ecológico Caiman), with human resources (CRAS/IMASUL and Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil), or with words and time of support (Neiva Guedes, Marja Milano, Mariza Silva, Yara Barros, Anna Croukamp, Ângela Kuczach, Elenise Sipinski, Patrícia Serafini, among others). Without your help our path would have been much harder…

We now end 2013 with the certainty that we still have much to do for the Blue Fronted Amazons and for the Pantanal… But we are confident that many people are more and more engaged with us in this goal… We have only to thank and wish you all an even better 2014, full of achievements.

A warm hug,

Gláucia Seixas and Team

Our puppet theater!

This year, the Blue-fronted Amazon Project worked hard on raising awareness about the illegal animal trade. Under the sponsorship of the E-CONS SPVS/HSBC Project, Parque das Aves and Caiman Ecological Refuge, we started a new phase, entitled “The Blue-fronted Amazon as a promoter of the conservation at Pantanal”.

The E-CONS SPVS/HSBC Project aims to support people that really “make the difference” on activities related to nature conservation. The researcher Gláucia Seixas was one of the people selected for the first edition of the program, representing the Pantanal Biome. The main goal is to construct a large net for the defense of Pantanal biodiversity and to prevent the illegal animal trade.

To raise awareness of kids and teenagers, our puppet theater was created! The great story, the wonderful puppets and all the training was done by the actress and art educator Ramona Rodrigues, from the Cia das Artes, Campo Grande-MS. She did a fantastic job! Thank you Ramona!!

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Gláucia, Anne and Ramona (Image: Arquivo Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

Anne Zugman, biologist and environmental educator of the Neotropical Foundation of Brazil, does the manipulation of the puppets, presents the play and is responsible for all the complementary activities. Anne is really great with the kids!!

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Anne and the puppets (Image: Arquivo Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

The play, entitled “On the wings of the wind”, tells the story of a parrot family group threatened by animal dealers that want to collect their nestlings to sell them at the city. In a pleasant and playful manner, the story deals with the illegal animal trade in Mato Grosso do Sul, and brings up the importance of the preservation of the Pantanal.

Since may 2013, Anne and the puppets  “flew” to many schools and environmental events in Pantanal, “landing” in Porto Murtinho, Jardim, Nioaque, Campo Grande, Bonito, Bodoquena, Miranda and Corumbá. Over 3000 kids, from urban, rural and river communities have seen the plays, amazed with the talking parrot puppets! Most of these kids have never seen this type of activity before, as few cultural activities reach distant communities in Pantanal.

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At a school in Porto Murtinho (Image: Arquivo Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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At a school in Miranda (Image: Arquivo Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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At a school in Corumbá (Image: Arquivo Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

Semana do Meio Ambiente em Bodoquena

Environmental week at Bodoquena (Image: Arquivo Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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Environmental Week at Bonito (Image: Diego Cardoso)

The puppet theater is a very efficient tool for the environmental education, and through this tool we want to raise society awareness about the illegal animal trade, aiming to influence public policy regarding wildlife management in Pantanal.

Thank you Anne for your hard work!

Want to learn more about this and other action of the Neotropical Foundation of Brazil?! Check out the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fundacaoneotropica

Also check out these links to get to know better our partners and supporters!

http://www.programaecons.org.br/

http://caiman.com.br/

http://www.parquedasaves.com.br/

http://alouattacriacoes.blogspot.com.br/

http://www.riodasfurnas.org.br/

http://www.ciadasartes.art.br/

A trip to Serra do Amolar

Thanks to our partnership with the “Instituto Homem Pantaneiro” (IHP) from Corumbá, the Blue-fronted Amazon Project went, from Nov 20th to 22nd, to Serra do Amolar. Serra do Amolar is located on the north of the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul. And to get there was such an adventure! Departing from Corumbá, we first took a single-engine airplane to the RPPN Acurizal, and from there we took a long boat trip through the Paraguay River.

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Glaucia and Anne, ready to fly! (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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Boat trip! (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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Enjoying the view of the Paraguay River! (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

The aim of the trip was to give a talk about Illegal Animal Trade to the Environmental Military Police, offered by the IHP and partners, as part of the 11th Course on Strategies for Nature Conservation. This national course gathered 30 officials from 22 States, and the objective was to prepare them for the daily prevention of the environmental degradation.

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Glaucia giving a talk to the police officers (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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(Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

Besides that, Anne Zugman, our environmental educator, presented the puppet theater “Nas Asas do Vento” (what means “on the wings of the wind”) at three local schools: Escola da Barra do São Lourenço (25 students), Escola Paraguai Mirim (60 students) and Escola Jatobazinho (30 students). Anne is really great with the kids! These schools are managed by the NGO Instituto Acaia, and attend about 120 elementary school children from local river villages.

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Escola da Barra do São Lourenço (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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Escola Jatobazinho (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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Escola Paraguai Mirim (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

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The kids really enjoy the puppet theater! (Image: Arquivo da Fundação Neotrópica do Brasil)

We are extremely grateful to our partnership with the IHP (www.institutohomenpantaneiro.org.br), for allowing us to reach out our work to far away villages of the Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul; to the Instituto Acaia and the Secretaria Municipal de Educação de Corumbá for their support; to the SPVS/HSBC (www.programaecons.org.br) for their sponsorship of the E-cons project. We also want to thank the Refúgio Ecológico Caiman (www.caiman.com.br) and the Parque das Aves (www.parquedasaves.com.br) for their long-term sponsorship and support! Thank you so very much!!

PS: Wanting to learn more about Anne Zugman and our puppet theater? So do not miss out our next post!

We are back!!

We are back!

After a long time with no new postings, we are now back on track! In our last field trip we had the opportunity to have two great collaborators with us. One of them is an old collaborator, Dr. Taiana Costa, a Brazilian veterinarian who has been helping the Blue-fronted Amazon Project for several years now. It has been a long time since her last field trip with us, and it was great to have her back!

The other one was a new collaborator, Dr. David Perpiñán. David is a Spanish veterinarian specialized in zoological medicine, with a large experience on avian medicine. It was his first trip to Pantanal, but surely not his last one!

They both joined Vandir (our brilliant field technician!) and I for four days during the Blue-fronted Amazon breeding season. During these days we have checked many tree cavities and nest, and we monitored many nestlings. It was a fantastic field trip, where we had the opportunity to exchange ideas and experience.

We even got to witness a very rare event… a jaguar, at midday, taking a bath in a pond near the road! It then just sat under a shade and stayed there, relaxing during a very hot day. We were all amazed! And I have to admit that it was my first jaguar seeing in over 20 years traveling to Pantanal! These two collaborators really brought us good luck! And we will be remembering this story in our every field trip now!

Thank you very much Taiana and David!

Glaucia, David, Vandir and Taiana (Image: David Perpiñán)

Glaucia, Taiana and Vandir monitoring a nestling (Image: David Perpiñán)

The jaguar, taking a break after a bath! (Image: David Perpiñán)

Check out the new video of female parrot and nestling!!

We are sorry  for the gap on the postings. 2010 has been a busy year for all of us. But we are back, with new posts, pictures and videos!

From August to November 2010 we registered the reproductive activity of a couple of Blue-fronted Amazon at the Caiman Ecological Refuge (http://en.caiman.com.br/). This was possible due to the donation of the equipments from IdeaWild (www.ideawild.org) to our Project. We were very excited to use our new camera and recording devices!

It took us about 80 hours of filming with two cameras, one microcamera inside the nest, and one outside the nest. We registered the parental behavior of the parrots with the eggs and nestlings. From the very beginning, the female was very devoted to the nestlings, keeping them warm and fed several times a day. The male was busy keeping guard on the nest, and also caring for the female and the nestling, by feeding them. Parrots, as other psittacine bird, are very loyal to their mate and stay together for life.

We are glad to share with you the result of this filming! See link below. The female on the left screen, and the nestlings on the right. It was a great experience to film the entire growth of the nestlings, until they were fledglings and ready to fly freely.

We hope you enjoy the video! Leave us a post if you liked it!

Glaucia and team

Video of female and nestlings in the nest

Happy Holidays!

2009 was a great year for the Project, thanks to all the support and help from people like you, that believed in our work for the parrots and the Pantanal! We wish you all happy holidays and a wonderful 2010!

Glaucia Seixas and team

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