As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Florida biologist takes bird houses to Belize

Michael Keys and his son, Larkin, will hike deep into the open savanna of pine trees and brush, carrying ladders and chain saws. Keys will climb 30 feet up a pine tree and spend three hours carving a hole in the tree to insert a wooden box.

Within weeks, Yellow-headed Parrots will nest in Keys' artificial cavities and produce offspring scientists hope can boost the population of the endangered species.

It's not your typical vacation in Belize, a small Central American country on the Caribbean coast. But it can make a difference.

"This is a species that could go extinct and I have this one specialized skill that can help," Keys said. "I'm not a heart surgeon or anything. So this is my contribution to helping the habitat."


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