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Guyana's Pakuri Arawak Amerindians Create "Parrot-Safe" Zone
Wednesday, December 17 2003 @ 05:19 AM UTC
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Conservation On September 17th, 2003 Chief David Simon of the Pakuri Arawak territory signed the Nancy Lewis Cullity Parrot Protection Act making the entire territory, of some 240 sq. miles, safe for parrots. The national government of Guyana now allows for the export of 30,000 parrots from this nearly pristine ecosystem and is now threatening the survival of many species of parrots with extinction. This act is the first of it's kind to become law on an indigenous reservation in all of Latin America & Chief David Mark Simon becomes the first indigenous leader to make this noble first step.

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An economic assessment of the potential for predator management to benefit Puerto Rican parrots
Wednesday, December 10 2003 @ 04:57 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Conservation Engeman RM, Shwiff SA, Cano F, Constantin B
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
46 (2): 283-292 SEP 2003

Abstract:
The Puerto Rican parrot is one of the ten most endangered birds in the world, with the only wild population comprised of 30-40 birds. Predation has been identified as one of the factors limiting Puerto Rican parrot productivity in the wild, and the loss of a very few birds can have a great impact on the species. Management of red-tailed hawks, and black rats, feral cats and Indian mongooses, as well as further management of pearly-eyed thrashers is potentially beneficial to the parrot population. Because funding for the recovery of this rare species is finite, an analytical examination of the economics of predator management as a species enhancement method can provide managers with a solid basis for justifying and implementing this management approach.

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