About the Project
Through its Wings of the Americas Project, PfB has played a central role in the establishment and evolution of the Red Bank Conservation and Tourism Group. Formed in 1997, this community-based bird conservation group is comprised of 25 families from the village of Red Bank, situated in southern Belize. The goal of the group is to protect the Scarlet Macaw by providing local residents with a financial incentive, through avi-tourism, to do so.
Through PfB’s marketing efforts, the village of Red Bank hosted 200 visitors and netted BZ $2,500.00 from visitation. PfB also assisted the community in carrying out improvements to the tourism facilities in order to increase guest safety on the trails as well as ventilation and lighting in the cabanas and kitchen. PfB remains committed to working with the Red Bank Conservation and Tourism Group to ensure the long-term commitment to the protection of the Scarlet Macaw.
Red Bank Project
A community managed Scarlet Macaw monitoring program was established in the village of Red Bank, a PfB Wings of the America’s community-based bird conservation program, located in southern Belize. This monitoring program is centered on gathering baseline data on the arrival, movement and behaviors of the Scarlet Macaws. The data indicates that the Scarlet Macaw commence scouting the area around mid-November of any given year, arrive in Red Bank Village around the end of December, and depart from the area by early April of the following year. This information has helped plan protection activities and schedule avi-tourism activities focused on the Scarlet Macaws.
Further studies were also carried out on the fruiting penology of the food sources of the Scarlet Macaw. The findings of this study showed that while there were abundant fruiting trees, past fires have destroyed a significant quantity of fruiting trees in some of the locations that the Scarlet Macaw frequent annually. Due to less fruit production this year, the Scarlet Macaws did not stay close to the village of Red Bank. Determined bird watchers had to hike for about an hour to see this charismatic bird species.