Neil Gerlowski (Vallarta Botanical Garden) and Fabian Carvallo Vargas (Mexican Network of Environmental Journalists) are organizing an expedition of wildlife photographers and journalists for the week of April 4 to 10 with the goal of documenting these parrots. Should this goal be met, it would provide an instant rallying call for a campaign to declare a new federal or state level natural protected area.
Secondary goals of the expedition include general photo documentation of the natural beauty and tremendous biodiversity of this area along with impacts in the area including mining, logging, and recent forest fires. So even if the Yellow-headed parrot continues to elude its would-be photographers, participants will still amass an abundance of useful material. The Sierra de El Tuito region boasts over 300 species of birds including the Military macaw (Ara militaris), the Lilac-crowned Parrot (Amazona finschi), and the Orange-fronted Parakeet (Eupsittula canicularis). To get a better sense of the full range of bird species found in this area, go to ebird.org and review the lists for hotspots in and around El Tuito, Jalisco.