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“Binoculars for Slingshots” Needs Your Help

Yellow-naped Amazon parrot, one of the species shot at by slingshots.

Each day, birds face countless threats on their life, including everything from hurricanes and feral cats to spotless windows and giant solar-power plants. While most of these threats are part of larger, more complicated issues with the world, one group is aiming to get rid of a more manageable threat to birds: slingshots.

Paso Pacifico, a nonprofit based in the US and Nicaragua, has found that young children in Nicaragua pass the time by shooting iconic species like the Painted Bunting and Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots with slingshots. This is a surprisingly destructive game the children play because it threatens many bird species migrating to the area.

So, Paso Pacifico launched a pilot program in 2011 called Binoculars for Slingshots that sets up a simple solution: exchange the slingshots for binoculars. This simple solution is ingenious because not only does it remove the slingshots as a threat, but it also educates children on the environment and birds.

The more people, especially younger people, that know about birds and understand their importance, the more we protect their future.

This noble project from Paso Pacifico, in conjunction with Optics for the Tropics, is trying to raise $10,000 to buy 100 more binoculars for the kids in Nicaragua and they need your help.

Please go to their Indiegogo page and donate anything you can.

Check out the video to learn more about the project.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.