Our dedicated staff run day-to-day operations and ensure that our programs are running smoothly. Throughout the year, they are joined by dozens of volunteers from around the world. In all areas of our work our team are continually expanding their knowledge whether that’s about the birds, their conservation or non-profit management.
Mario was born on March 3, 1996, in Limón, Costa Rica; his family was living in a small community called Manzanillo south of Limón and later they moved to the city of Limón. Mario is now a graduate student in the Forest Management and Wildlife Department of the National Technical University (UTN). He currently holds the position of Field Manager of the Research Station of the Great green Macaw with MRN.
Jack joined the team in early 2017. As our lead field biologist he lead the field work and population monitoring of Scarlet and Great Green Macaw populations in Costa Rica. He is now managing our Great Green Macaw recovery program. Jack has an MSc. in global wildlife health and conservation from the University of Bristol in the UK and a life-long history of supporting wildlife conservation programs. In 2015, he was part of the emergency investigation team that investigated the sudden die off of the Saiga antelope in Kazakhstan.
Inspired by a trip to our Islita site in 2016, Brittany decided to leave her 5-year position as a Senior Trainer with Zoo Knoxville’s Bird Show to join our team as an Apprentice in 2017. She was keen to work in conservation and learn a different side of bird management. When her apprenticeship was over, she chose to stay on as our Bird Manager and later moved into the role of Programs Manager. Before working with birds, Brittany received a BS in Journalism from The University of Tennessee in 2010 and continues to write and share her observations on animals, people and the natural world with others.
After volunteering for Macaw Recovery Network in early 2019, Darby took on the role of Bird Manager at the Punta Islita Breeding Center. She oversees the daily care of the center’s captive birds and provides mating pairs with favorable conditions for reproduction. She has worked in parrot breeding and rehab across Central America and has bred critically endangered corvids and honeycreepers in Hawaii. She graduated in 2017 from Furman University in her home state of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Studio Art.
Tom has been involved with us since 2015, starting as a release site manager, then growing into the program’s Manager role in Punta Islita. In 2018, Tom started his PhD on wild Great Green macaws in collaboration with Macaw Recovery Network. After completing his degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton, he travelled to the island of Mauritius to join the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. After working on a number of species recovery projects in the UK and abroad, he completed an MSc in Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation at Nottingham Trent University, UK.
The Macaw Recovery Network is very lucky to have energetic and dedicated people from all over the world donate their time to work with our Macaws. Volunteers stay a minimum of one month, though many stay a lot longer. They are an absolutely vital part of the organization and work very hard! Regular tasks for our volunteers include the day-to-day care and maintenance of our birds and their environments. However, we also have people who work within their specialties, including veterinarians, biologists, builders, landscape gardeners, tour guides and graphic designers. Volunteers live on-site and enjoy not only working up close with our magnificent Macaws but also engaging with people from all over the world in a cultural exchange in rural Costa RicaCheck out our volunteer opportunities here.
The Network’s conservation sites could not exist without the dedicated volunteers that join our teams year round. We offer various Volunteering and Apprentice positions which give you an opportunity to get hands-on experience with the conservation of two threatened species of Macaw. .Learn More