Macaw Conservation Programme, Costa Rica

Country: Costa Rica,
Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Manual work / Construction,
Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects

Volunteer in Costa Rica at a Macaw Conservation Project on the Southern Pacific Coast. Work to help rescue, rehabilitate and release critically endangered Scarlet Macaws back into the wild. The centre is located in the Osa Peninsula – home to at least 1200 wild Scarlet Macaws.

Become a wildlife conservation volunteer in Costa Rica and work to help rescue, rehabilitate and release critically endangered Scarlet Macaws back into the wild. Opportunities available to for 1 to 12 weeks in duration all year round.  The centre is located in the Osa Peninsula – home to at least 1200 wild Scarlet Macaws.

The Osa Peninsula
The Osa Peninsula is one of the most intensely biodiverse places on the planet and contains 2.5% of the world’s species crammed into an area the size of New York City! The Corcovado National Park, which takes up a third of the peninsula, is the crown jewel in Costa Rica’s park system and is home to more than 500 species of trees, 140 species of mammals, 370 species of birds, 120 amphibians and reptiles, and more than 6000 species of insect and butterfly. At least 25 dolphin and whale species and four species of sea turtles can be spotted in the waters around the peninsula, and its forests provide habitat for the largest remaining population of wild Scarlet Macaws in the world.

The Volunteer Programme
The programme has been operating rescue and rehabilitation centres throughout Costa Rica for over 13 years. The Southern Pacific centre is located in the Osa Peninsula – home to at least 1200 wild Scarlet Macaws – and rehabilitates both injured birds and provides a sanctuary for rescued birds that were illegally kept as pets. The centre also operates a breeding programme using birds that would not be able to survive if released into the wild. Their offspring are carefully reared in captivity to prepare them for life in the wild and later released at specially-selected sites along the Pacific Coast to help restore lost populations.

When to Come
This programme is open all year round.

Volunteer Activities
As a wildlife conservation volunteer, you will be working under the supervision of a Supervisor throughout your time at the programme. Activities include:

  • Cleaning and maintaining cages and aviaries
  • Feeding birds (up to 3 times a day)
  • Collecting bird food around the beach and property (seeds, fruits etc.)
  • Going on bird rescue missions with staff
  • Helping to release rehabilitated birds
  • Helping with community projects and environmental education events
  • Helping to update social media

Costs start from £445 for one week and include 3 meals a day, lodging in a beach lodge, transfers to and from Puerto Jimenez airport and all training.

 

Contact Details

Address:

The Coombe, Spring Barn Farm

Kingston Road

Lewes

BN7 3ND


Telephone 1: 01274 479 047

Website: https://www.workingabroad.com/projects/macaw-conservation-volunteer-costa-rica

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