- Where do parrots live in the wild?
- Why do people keep parrots as pets?
- Why are researchers putting up artificial nests for macaws?
- How do the artificial nests make it easier to study macaws?
- Describe the mystery about macaw chicks that Hillaire and Quinteros are
trying to solve.
- Why did scientists stop saving the third and fourth chicks?
- Why do scientists go to the clay lick every morning?
- Why do the birds eat the clay?
- What are the advantages and disadvantage of saving the third and fourth
- What do you think scientists should do?
- Does making fake nests solve most of the problems for macaws? Why or why
- Why would macaws have more chicks than they can care for?
- Should people be allowed to have macaws as pets? Why or why not?
- What kind of person would become a scientist who studies macaws?
- How are macaws different from other kinds of parrots? See www.macawlanding.org (Macaw Landing Foundation).
- Plan your own trip to the Peruvian jungle. How would you get there? What
things would you bring with you? What would you eat in the jungle?
- Where else do macaws live besides Peru?
- Pretend you have gone on a four-day trip to the Tambopata Research Center.
Write a fictional journal of your trip. What did you see? What did you do? What
did you learn from the journey?
- Do all parrots face the threats that macaws face? Pick a different kind of
parrot and write a report about this bird’s lifestyle and habitat. You can find
information about different kinds of parrots at www.parrotsinternational.org/Links1.htm, under the section
called “Parrots by Species” (Parrots International).
- Imagine you are a scientist working in a forest with 100 large trees, and
each tree has one macaw nest and one pair of parent macaws living in it. If 5
trees get cut down every month, how many artificial nests would you need to
build every year in order to end up with the same total number of nests?
- If each of the 100 macaw families (each having 2 parent macaws) raises 2
chicks per year, how many years will it take before you would have 1,000 macaws
living in the forest?
- If you saved the third and fourth chicks, so that each family produced 4
chicks each year instead of 2, how much sooner could you have 1,000 macaws in