On September 1, 2019 Hurricane Dorian hit Abaco Island as a Category 5 with 185mph sustained winds. The Abaco parrot was severely impacted by this catastrophic storm. An initial assessment needs to be conducted to determine where the parrots are after the storm. During most hurricanes, the storm isn't the main cause of mortality, it's usually the lack of food (fruits, seeds, berries) in their habitat. Next, food stations will then be set up to provide the parrots with additional food sources until the vegetation recovers to feed the parrot population on the Island. Keep in mind, the Abaco parrot does not leave the island, so their food source is what is available on the Island.
The parrot relief work is being conducted through a number of organizations including the Bahamian caretakers of the parrot, The Bahamas National Trust. The residents of Abaco are having to deal with putting their own lives back together, the management of the native parrot species is the last thing that should be on their mind at this moment. This group of scientists and parrot organizations comprising this effort will lend a hand to handle the immediate needs of the native parrot. We want to make sure the Abaco Parrot is here for the locals and visitors to enjoy for the foreseeable future.
Donations can be made here at Go-Fund-Me, at the Parrots International website (www.parrotsinternational.org), or the Bahamas National Trust (www.bnt.bs). Zupreem, a bird food producer, has already agreed to help after the storm.
Thank you for your help.
- Darlene Ramer
- Rosemary Low
- Susan Hilliard
- Pat Latas
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