And next are some picture that I took for my Phat Fiber Samples for the month of April. The theme is “Creatures Great and Small”. I had a clear idea about what to do with my samples, but after returning from my trip I decided to change it after seen Scarlet Macaws in the wild. They truly are beautiful birds. I was able to see several of them at the Lacandon Forest, near the border with Guatemala where we spent a few days. Keith spotted a nest in a big tree not too far from where we were standing. The came out to check us out and then took flight not too far from the nest. They eventually returned back to the nest.
This picture is taken from the “Rainforest” book by Tomas Marent and the specie depicted here is from a specie called Red and Blue Macaw which live in the Peruvian Amazon. This book is a feast for the eyes. The macaws I saw in Mexico have different color combinations and are called Scarlet Macaws or Guacamayas. What a pretty name!
It is very sad that this is an endangered specie, due to the continue hunting, poaching, destruction of their habitat and use of pesticides. Here is an article from National Geografic that explains more about their situation.
“Our ancestors viewed the Earth as rich and bountiful, which it is. Many people in the past also saw nature as inexhaustibly sustainable, which we now know is the case only if we care for it. It is not difficult to forgive destruction in the past which resulted from ignorance. Today, however, we have access to more information, and it is essential that we re-examine ethically what we have inherited, what we are responsible for, and what we will pass on to coming generations. Our marvels of science and technology are matched if not outweighed by many current tragedies, including human starvation in some parts of the world, and the extinction of other life-forms. The exploration of space takes place at the same time as the Earth’s own oceans, seas, and fresh water areas grow increasingly polluted. Many of the Earth’s habitats, animals, plants, insects, and even micro-organisms that we know as rare may not be known at all by future generations. We have the capability, and the responsibility. We must act before it is too late.“
The Dalai Lama