Viva Puerto Rico! 🇵🇷 … thank you for your work!
NBC News reports on Puerto Rican scientists Carlos Diez, Jafet Velez-Valentin, and Tony Mignucci, who were featured in the Nature episode called “Viva Puerto Rico” (narrated by Jimmy Smits) which aired on television last night but will stream all month.
Somewhere in the rainforest there is a Puerto Rican Amazon Parrot named Heineken. And the story of how the gorgeous tropical bird got the name of a Dutch beer brand is telling of the passion, adversity, and length that island-based conservationists face to save the species on the verge of extinction. [. . .]
“When we first began the work, there were 13 Puerto Rican Amazon Parrots,” explained aviary biologist Jafet Vélez-Valentín. “We didn’t have a way to tag the birds we were studying and encouraging to breed. One of the scientists suggested we use polished beer caps and before we knew it, we had parrots named Corona, Corona Light…
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