Weighing wild chicks in La Mosquita - Photo by Hector Portillo Reyes
Being in La Mosquitia,
Honduras one cannot but help examine the state of one’s inner life and the
state of the world. As biologists, conservationists, and people of the land
(Los Misquitos) much of our time is spent examining the ecology around us which
centers on the Guara (Macaw) nests and chicks.
We seek to know the health of this species by collecting all the data we
can and then looking at the relationships within the whole.
only a handful of nests active with chicks, is that the chicks are thin, many
of the nests still have eggs (which appears late in the season to those who
know the land), and much human activity around the nests showing how they chop
into the trees to extract the chicks.
Piscacio high in pine tree examining macaw nest with machete/hatchet cuts
We also spent time
learning about the health of the human communities. What are the forces causing the violent
conflicts and death threats, land stolen, forests leveled, and people and
parrots displaced? The list of causes is long.
Thinking of the powerful influences here, including international
petroleum extraction companies and narco drug lords, we cannot fathom what stratagies will
best work together to keep parrots and people in their homes, but we can
witness, testify, and stand in solidarity with those who have been torn from their way of life.
Interviewing Tomas Manzanares under a macaw nest - photo by Hector Portillo Reyes
Last year´s confiscated birds now permanantely housed at zoo in Tegucigalpa
How exactly does one
stand or fly with other beings as one?
For my part it comes from examining my own life in relationship to the
whole, in concrete situations such as here in Honduras. I find my identity and way of life slipping
away into the flow of such beauty and tragedy, and then I listen to the call of
my wild heart, and listen to the call to union with others. As we
hold one another, and lift one another up on wings of hopes, I hear the
whispered dream and cry to freedom - we are Seres Unidos – Beings United. Is it such a wild dream to think that we can welcome all beings home to this planet?
This year´s surviving confiscated birds, babies who will never know a wild home