Nope, not me! I have every plan to stay down here, provided I can make it financially possible (feel free to help by supporting my video creations at a mere $3 per creation, visit patreon.com/stacebird!).
So who’s leaving? The answer: My beloved migratory birds! I’d say “..from up north” but they spend more time down in the tropics, side by side with parrots and toucans than they do up north among the chickadees and titmice. Some of these migrants have already arrived up in the states, perhaps even Canada, but there are still various species here yet. One who may have recently shown up in the temperate north and looks a lot more striking than this winter-plumage photo is the Baltimore Oriole. This is a photo I made at Saladero Ecolodge a couple months ago of a young male (unless it’s a female?) that might now be bedecked in bright, snappy orange contrasting against dark black and gleaming steaks of brilliant white.
“Our feathered migrant friends, like this Baltimore Oriole, fly over 5,000 miles annually to go between their nesting grounds and their winter territories”
This quote comes from Tropical Wings, an organization that works with Osa Birds: Research and Conservation in efforts to promote conservation of and education about migratory birds that rely on habitats based in both the United States and the Osa Peninsula. Through concentrated efforts, Tropical Wings is working to raise awareness in communities as well as funds to promote conservation of these birds and the important habitats they depend upon in both areas.
I just recently started collaborating with Karen Leavelle, founder and director of Osa Birds and will be taking charge of her blog and social media (stay tuned for my first post about a successful Bird-a-thon here in Puerto Jimenez with Tropical Wings!). Osa Birds is based out of Puerto Jimenez, where I am now and, with her strong background in avian ecology and Karen’s efforts here in the Osa have been monumental in providing and protecting habitat for endangered local birds (including the critically endangered Yellow-billed Cotinga) as well as those that migrate between the tropics down here and the temperate north.
By focusing on my passion, conserving and protecting wild birds, I feel whole. While I enjoyed working with Saladero, I didn’t feel like I was concentrating my efforts in what I care about most. What I’d also like to commit to is more local involvement in these precious resources that exist here. By sharing my passion with those who actually live here, I hope to help more people realize what steps we can take to help preserve this vastly, important, unique and fragile place. Tourists are great in helping the economy, but for long term improvement, we must include the local people.