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The Western Alliance for Nature Responds to Urgency to Save a Species - the El Oro Parakeet
Larry Wan, founder of the Western Alliance for Nature came across a critical habitat in Ecuador that required immediate preservation while on a conservation trip to Ecuador. Immediately upon returning home, he persevered and secured the nesting site for the endangered El Oro Parakeet in record speed.
The El Oro Parakeet, a species discovered only twenty four years ago by renowned ornithologist and author of the Birds of Ecuador, Dr. Robert Ridgely, has only around 125 individuals remaining. Larry explored the area with Dr. Ridgely, which is located in a tropical cloud forest in southwestern Ecuador which contains the nesting trees for the parakeet as well as Howler monkeys, also highly endangered in Ecuador. The area harbors other spectacular birds such as the very rare Long-wattled Umbrellabird and a host of colorful hummingbirds and tanagers. Larry, a wildlife photographer, managed to photograph a male Umbrellabird in his full unique plumage and according to Dr. Ridgely, it might be the only photo of a male Umbrellabird. But, due to the heavy mist of the cloud forest and the scarcity of theses birds, though he spotted the El Oro Parakeet, Larry was unable to photograph one after two separate days of hauling his heavy camera gear over steep, hot, humid, slippery and muddy terrain. "I intend to go back again," Larry avowed.
The Western Alliance for Nature immediately launched an urgent campaign to save this vanishing species and habitat. Larry challenged conservation-minded donors on the basis that they would match dollar-for-dollar any contribution toward the purchase of the El Oro habitat. Friends and supporters immediately responded to the appeal with individual donations. The contributions added up and with matching funds from Larry, the necessary habitat acquisition funds were secured in less than sixty days.
Larry noted that, "What is remarkable is that this was all accomplished by grass roots individual contributions, with no dependence on government funding. It is so inspiring to see the power and conservation passion of individuals who are able to care for another species. The billions of taxpayer dollars spent on space exploration have only taught us that a living planet like ours is hard to find. The life forms that share this planet may be our only companions in a vast and lonely universe."
You Have An Opportunity To Help By Making Your Personal Contribution Toward Saving Other Endangered Species By Setting Aside Critical Habitat. Why Not Act Today?
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