Parrots Over Puerto Rico (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner)

Parrots Over Puerto Rico (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Winner)

Language: English

Pages: 48

ISBN: 1620140047

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Above the treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their island home. . . . These are Puerto Rican parrots. They lived on this island for millions of years, and then they nearly vanished from the earth forever. Puerto Rican parrots, once abundant, came perilously close to extinction in the 1960s due to centuries of foreign exploration and occupation, development, and habitat destruction. In this compelling book, Roth and Trumbore recount the efforts of the scientists of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program to save the parrots and ensure their future. Woven into the parrots story is a brief history of Puerto Rico itself, from before the first human settlers to the present day. With striking collage illustrations, a unique format, and engaging storytelling, Parrots Over Puerto Rico invites readers to witness the amazing recovery efforts that have enabled Puerto Rican parrots to fly over their island once again."

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treetops of Puerto Rico flies a flock of parrots as green as their iguaca (ih-GWAH-kah) Down below, waves from the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean washed the island’s white-sand beaches. Delicate orchids and wide-spreading ferns, tiny tree frogs, kapok trees bursting with seedpods, and big, scaly iguanas covered the land. Long before people came to Puerto Rico, hundreds of thousands of parrots flew over the island and the smaller islands nearby. Iguaca! Iguaca! the parrots called as

could see how adult parrots behave. The number of parrots in the aviary grew. By 1999, Río Abajo Aviary had fifty-four Puerto Rican parrots. The recovery program was ready for the next part of its plan: releasing adult parrots raised in captivity into the wild. Iguaca! Iguaca! a group of parrots squawked as scientists moved them from Luquillo Aviary to a new aviary in Río Abajo Forest. This forest is less humid than El Yunque, and many parrots had once lived there. Now there were two safe places

could see how adult parrots behave. The number of parrots in the aviary grew. By 1999, Río Abajo Aviary had fifty-four Puerto Rican parrots. The recovery program was ready for the next part of its plan: releasing adult parrots raised in captivity into the wild. Iguaca! Iguaca! a group of parrots squawked as scientists moved them from Luquillo Aviary to a new aviary in Río Abajo Forest. This forest is less humid than El Yunque, and many parrots had once lived there. Now there were two safe places

Ricans become citizens of the United States 1898: Spain loses War of 1898; gives Puerto Rico to the United States 1975: Only 13 Puerto Rican parrots left in the wild c. 1890: Flocks of 50 to 200 parrots seen throughout northwestern Puerto Rico, including Río Abajo Forest (continued on next page) 2006: First 22 Puerto Rican parrots, fitted with radio transmitters so they can be tracked, released into Río Abajo Forest; Río Abajo Aviary produces 29 fledglings in one season, a turning point

aviaries expected to exceed 100, a record for the program it unlikely the island’s status will change in the near future First Edition Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Roth, Susan L. Parrots over Puerto Rico / by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore ; collages by Susan L. Roth. — First edition. pages cm. — (Parrots) Summary: “A combined history of the Puerto Rican parrot and the island of Puerto Rico, highlighting current efforts to save the Puerto Rican parrot by protecting and

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