During the golden age of Mayan civilization, the scarlet macaw was revered as a spiritual envoy of the gods. From the treetops to hand-carved sculptures to important rituals, the macaw was omnipresent. Their brilliant plumage and shrill vocalizations were a fabric of everyday life.
While the macaw retains some of its ancient symbolism as Honduras’ national bird, they had long disappeared from the skies. Conservationists are now working hard to turn the tide against habitat destruction, poaching, eco-trafficking, and modern indifference.
Based at Copán, a UNESCO-recognized Maya archaeological site, Macaw Mountain aims to re-familiarize Hondurans with the magnificent guacamaya as it returns to the forests and skies it thrived in 1,500 years ago. Your gift will help local farmers — who suffer major losses as a direct result from macaw re-population — become not enemies, but friends.