Conservation of Belize’s Yellow-headed Parrot
with Michael Keys
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue
Michael Keys builds housing for endangered species. For the past 15 years, most of his time has been spent excavating cavities for imperiled Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in Florida and other southeastern states. Keys is known as the Michelangelo of woodpecker cavities because of his attention to detail and many years of experience wielding a chainsaw while perched on a ladder 30’ above the ground.
Last year, he turned his talented eye toward a new conservation issue in Belize. One of four subspecies of Yellow-headed Parrots is found in Belize and primarily nests in pine savannahs on conservation lands between the Maya Mountains and Caribbean Sea. These parrots’ cavities are under threat from poaching. Working with local conservation crews, Keys spent two weeks building artificial cavities to help augment the population. Come hear about the results of this compelling conservation story.