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Science Bulletins: Scarlet Macaws Soar in Guatemalan Skies

Fledgling scarlet macaws took to the skies over Guatemala in record numbers this year, thanks to the efforts of researchers and conservationists. During breeding season in the Maya Biosphere Reserve—home to the majority of Guatemala's macaws—chicks were carefully monitored, with researchers climbing 30 meters above the forest floor to inspect nesting cavities and mount video cameras in the treetops. Sick or weak chicks were removed from the nests for treatment and then fostered in nests with other chicks of a similar age. From the 24 nests that were observed, 29 fledglings eventually emerged, a dramatic increase from 2003, when only 1 fledgling was registered from 15 nests. The latest Bio Bulletin from the Museum's Science Bulletins program showcases this heartening conservation success story. Visitors to AMNH may view the video in the Hall of Biodiversity until January 6, 2012. Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. Find out more about Science Bulletins at http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/.
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