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Camping With Macaws

Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team is a group of Belizeans (and one American) who are bent on protecting Belize’s Scarlet Macaw from the illegal pet trade. Before the project started more than 90 percent were poached by Guatemalans. To deter poachers, the Scarlet Six rangers set up camps right under the trees where macaws nest. There they live for five months. One of the purest distillations of brute-force conservation imaginable. But it works: Macaw nests are no longer being poached in the areas where the rangers position themselves.

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