Today is 'Paws & Claws' day at Global Giving. For one day only (from 09:00ET) donations up to $500 will be matched at 30% until the pot runs dry, so get in early! If you were thinking of giving to our project, then today is the day to visit our Global Giving page to donate, and make a little go a long way.
Yes, it's 15 years this month since our first ever feathered ones entered our life. Bonnie & Clyde - 2 red lored babies, and Fat-belly Jones the olive-thoated parakeet changed our lives forever. And boy, just look at us now!
We have plans for several celebratory happenings in the next few months, but in the meantime, what better way to kick off the celebrations that with yet another amazing FLOAT t-shirt design.
Check out the website for this week only. Yes, very very limited edition, offer ends on Sunday 7th April, so go get yours quick!
Last night was the much-anticipated return to the wild for this beautiful stygian owl. He came to us mid September with a fractured leg and was clearly suffering from lack of nutrition.
(photo credit Mark Cockram)
He was rescued by the students, staff and parents of Trial Farm Government School in Orange Walk.
(Stygian in the tree at the school on the day of rescue - photo credit Ms Nazira Romero)
We transported him to Animal Medical Centre where Dr Philip DeShield performed skilful surgery to pin the leg.
(the fractured leg)
(xray of the pinned leg)
In our experience, stygians are exceptionally high-stress in captivity, and we had to take considerable care handling and medicating him to avoid causing stress-releated conditions.
(Oscar and Monika carefully feeding the Stygian)
It has been difficult rehab for us, and the danger of him developing a fatal fungal lung infection has never been far from our minds.
(Dr Sophie and Dr Gemma removing the pin)
(The healed leg)
(gratuitous eye shot!)
All in all it was a text-book rehab, from pin, to pin removal, to hunting and flight conditioning, to re-release back in Orange Walk. As always it takes a small army and a small fortune to get to that stage. Thank you to:
Trial Farm School and especially Principal Romero for the care taken over his rescueBelize Forest Department for their rapid response to secure the owl Dr Philip De Shield of Animal Medical Centre for his fabulous skill in surgeryDr Sophie Herbert and Dr Gemma Cockram for the pin removal and aftercareAll of the dedicated BBR volunteers and staff for their care during his rehabMark Cockram for the amazing stress-free photosJonathan Urbina for driving all the way to Orange Walk to do the release on 4th November
Our donors and sponsors for their continued support, without which we would not have been able to afford the $862 it took to transport, feed, fix and rehabilitate this particular bird (thank you WRMD for the fabulous 'expenses' app!)
Finally, thank you Mr Stygian for making a full and perfect recovery!
BBR had its 8th Annual Night Out for the Birds at Corkers Restaurant in Belmopan on Saturday.
This was our most successful year ever with over $12,500BZ ($6,250US) raised to help keep BBR up and running.
Thanks to Sam’s exuberance, we had a LOT of prizes up for grabs. All guests were entered into the door prize raffle for a chance to win lunch for two at Ka’ana Resort. The ‘Lucky Dip table, where you could win a prize by picking an egg from our nest included prizes such as bottles of spirits and beer bundles, LOADS of chocolate, gift certificates for lunches, car wash, gym membership and dental work to name just a few! We also had our usual silent auction. Guests bid on many items: overnight stays at resorts across Belize such as Caves Branch, Giai, Black Rock Lodge, Hamanasi, Radisson and San Ignacio Hotel plus days out, including a tour of The Belize Zoo, ACES croc night tour, Bocawina zip lining, paintballing at Captain Hook’s Shrimp Farm and a Splash Dive Centre snorkel tour.
Following the successful launch of the BBR Bird Brain Quiz last year, Daisy pulled out all the stops to create a second Quiz, which was won by Team Mira. The Booby prize went to Team XXX amongst great hilarity! (thank you Sam for acquiring this fabulous prize)
We also received cash donations, including a particularly emotional one from Robin Margraves. She saved for an entire year to make an extremely generous donation in the name of her late daughter Amanda Autumn Margraves. Amanda had a place in her heart for BBR, and everyone here lost a piece of theirs when we lost Amanda. Thank you Robin so much. A second donation was also given in Amanda’s name. The donor wishes to remain anonymous, but you know who you are, and thank you as always for your unwavering support.
The final thanks must go to Geoff & Sam Hatto-Hembling, owners of Corkers Restaurant for putting the whole event together for us and giving their time and resources for zero cost. You are our heroes!
All in all a successful, fun and rewarding evening. Huge thanks to all our donors, sponsors, guests, volunteers & interns and looking forward to next year!
Donation from Robin Margraves in loving memory of Amanda Margraves
It's that time of year when we take review all of the amazing help we have had throughout the busy season. And one of the major contributors to the health and hand-rearing of our 99 baby parrots this year was Mark Hagen of Rolf C Hagen.inc and the amazing Hagen Avian Research Institute (HARI)
We cannot say thank you enough to Hari for all that they donate such as the Tropican hand feeding formula, the Prime vitamins and the Tropican pellets which are all instrumental in creating and maintaining our healthy population of birds at BBR. Thank you guys for all you do.
Here are some gratuitous pictures of the babies you helped us to raise this year!
Earlier this year we received an injured wood stork, found by the good people at the Belize Zoo.
Lucky for Mr Stork, Dr Sophie was on hand to patch up his injuries. Likely he was attacked by someone with a machete, chopping his right wing. This is really sad as these gentle giants never harm humans and they don't eat much in the way of human food, except possibly the odd fish...
Thankfully we have a great release site with Captain Hooks Shrimp Farm close to Belize City. Robert and the Crew don't mind sharing their catch with our feathered friends!
Enjoy the video, and while you're watching it, remember that this 3 minute snapshot of his rescue through to release was 2 months, countless people and $655US in the making!
An article about BBR and the Yellow-headed Amazon has been published in the Cage & Aviary Birds magazine. Established in 1902, it is the world’s only weekly newspaper dedicated to bird keeping.
A big thank you to Cage & Aviary Birds magazine for the article. A special thank you to Conch Creative for the wonderful photos, and the amazing work of Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), Fabio Tarazona, Sophie Hébert and Belize Forest Department. Finally, thanks to our hard working interns and staff here at BBR!
Our inspiration this time around was the iconic pale billed woodpecker, Dum Dum. This little guy has touched our hearts and we thought we ought dedicate our next Float campaign to him! Who doesn't love Dum Dum?!
Float are offering a variety of tees, v necks, hoodies and more, all featuring Dum Dum! Example of these products are shown in the image above. This is exclusive merchandise, only available for the next 5 days. To get yours, head to https://float.org/collections/bbr.
This is a wonderful cause: not only do you get a beautiful t shirt, but $8.00 from each sale helps Belize Bird Rescue cover the costs of rehabilitating and returning birds to the wild. Additionally, it helps us fund sanctuary care for those birds who are physically unable to return to the wild! Here at BBR, we never turn birds away and, with your support, we can continue to help our feathered friends!
So far we have raised an amazing $350! Every additional purchase gets us one step closer to reaching our $1000 goal. Show the world your love for Belize Bird Rescue with this fun and unique merchandise. Remember, these will not be available after Monday 23rd July - get yours now, so you don't miss out!
Yoda was found alone on the ground, having fallen from its nest. Spotted by Sandy from Corozal, the little guy was transported to us by BPMS. With a check from our Vet Sophie, Yoda weighed in at just 20g! He was then moved into the nursery, so we could keep a close eye on him.
The photo above was taken on June 1st (Weight 50g), approx a week later from the first photo!
We all certainly have soft spot for this beautiful owl!!!
Did you know, to make themselves look bigger and to scare predators, Pygmy Owls have dark patches of feathers on their nape that look like eyes?
The photo above was taken June 16th 2018
On June 12th Yoda weighed in at 64g. What a difference to when he first arrived here at BBR! Yoda has now grown so big, we have now moved him into a large outdoor aviary. He is one step closer to being released into the wild!
Big thank you to our interns for the beautiful photos!
For videos of our interns feeding Yoda, check out our facebook page!
We recently started using Pack For A Purpose, and my goodness have our guests been packing. We are so grateful to all of you that have brought items for Belize Bird Rescue on your trip to Rock farm Guest House. We can get most of our needs from the stores in Belmopan, but those specialist pieces of equipment and food are impossible to come by.
We are also extremely grateful to those local donors that keep us supplied with food produce and equipment. That surprise sunflower seed donation is worth more than you could know!
Thank you all, and thank you to Pack For A Purpose for facilitating this venture.