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Save the Military Macaw in Sonora

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Help Protect Vital Macaw Habitat

The Military Macaw is a threatened species of parrot that can be found only in certain forests of Sonora, Mexico, and South America. In the Sky Islands of central Sonora lives the largest subspecies of Military Macaw, who can grow up to 31 inches long and whose life span is 60 years in the wild. These birds are incredibly intelligent and social. They live in large flocks of up to 60 and always fly next to their mate, with whom they mate for life.

Worldwide, their numbers have dropped to less than 10,000 individuals, and that number is decreasing every year—mainly due to habitat destruction at the hands of logging and ranching interests, but also due to capture and sale on the exotic pet trade market. The only way to truly protect this magnificent bird is to protect its habitat. The Mexican Park Service (CONANP) is ready to establish the range as a biological reserve, but needs a biological inventory to finish the proposal.

You can help. and The Rainforest Site have partnered with Sky Island Alliance to protect the Sierra de Mazatán, a forest that Military Macaws call home. Your donation will go toward documenting thousands of species in the area. This inventory is the last piece of the puzzle to establish permanent protection for the forest and the Military Macaws who live there.

Sky Island Alliance is a non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the rich natural heritage of native species and habitats in the Sky Island region of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. They work with volunteers, scientists, land owners, public officials, and government agencies to establish protected areas, restore healthy landscapes, and promote public appreciation of the region's unique biological diversity. Since 1991, Sky Island Alliance has become a leader in conservation policy, grassroots organizing, and achieving on-the-ground results throughout the Southwest.

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