Dominica is recording high numbers of its endemic birds all due to concentrated conservation efforts.
Founder of the US-based Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, Dr. Paul Reillo says when countries adopt laws to protect natural habitats, the result is gratifying.
“Going up to Carholm and Syndicate, the parrots were very infrequent. Now, some 19 years later, we can see a recovery which rivals the populations of these birds prior to Hurricane David in 1979.
“This is an incredibly natural recovery without intervention from man. There has been no release of birds bred in captivity. This is exactly what conservation really means. It works because of the protected area system. We’ve seen the parrots recover really nicely.”
There are now up to 400 Sisserou parrots in Dominica compared to 50 following Hurricane David, and 1,500 Jacko parrots compared to 150 in the same period.
According to Dr. Reillo, “This is very exciting. When you preserve biodiversity and preserve forests, you give nature a chance.”