I mean, the headline pretty much says it all. But the Macaw Recovery Network is tackling the COVID-19 crisis head-on with a YouTube channel full of lectures, bird footage and, yes, a chance to watch scarlet macaws frolic around their eating platform on Sundays while you have your own breakfast.
The Recovery Network’s mission is “to recover endangered neotropical parrot populations through leading a network that develops and implements best practices in conservation.” Tours at their Punta Islita Wild Macaw Reserve, on the Nicoya Peninsula, are suspended because of the COVID-19 crisis, so like many nonprofits in Costa Rica, they are suffering an economic impact. This is a great way to check out their work, plan a future tour and even support them, if you’re so moved! You can “adopt a macaw chick like Walt” or “help Elvira and Scarface breed in the wild.” (Honestly, I’ve never heard a better donation pitch in my whole life. Read more here.)
So subscribe to Parrot TV… and if you’ve got some beans and rice in the pantry, whip up some gallo pinto this Sunday and join the macaws for their morning nosebag. Let me know if you watch Parrot TV this week!
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