A group of environmentalist muralists from different regions of the country this week took several walls from the rural town of La Marroquina, in San Felipe, Yaracuy, to paint them on the occasion of the global celebration of Bird Day, which was commemorated on January 10.
Among the participating artists are Paola Cardozo, known as Paola que Pinta, Patricia Proaño and Alfredo Brito, artistically known as Aljobrito, all from Yaracuy.
Mahot (Caracas), Sense (Lara), Jotashock (Carabobo) also participated, who left their works with birds such as the cari cari hawk, black and white owl, maracaná, abado woodpecker, tilingo cored toucan, spectacled owl and the beloved hummingbird, that are found in many parts of the country, especially in the area of La Marroquina, in Yaracuy.
Alfredo Brito, representing the artists, said that the plan of the mural works is to publicize the diversity of bird species that live in that particular rural area, characterized by the cultivation of cocoa.
It also seeks to raise awareness about the conservation of fauna, flora and the environment in general.
He explained that cacao plantations attract a wide variety of birds and create unique ecosystems that favor nature and life. "That is why we are joining forces to awaken interest in the preservation of life and nature," said the artist.
An environmental video about the La Marroquina chocolate forests is taking on special relevance due to the current boom in cacao planting, which is made up of large cacao plantations affectionately known as "chocolate forests."
Brito reported that on the occasion of the Day of the Birds, a documentary was also released on the YouTube platform called “Aves del Cacao”, which can be seen at the address youtu.be/dM0eSdWwhjY. It presents the peculiarities of cacao plantations and their varied fauna, including the birds that make up their ecosystem.
The audiovisual production was carried out in the Guáquira ecological reserve, in La Marroquina, where cocoa is grown on large hectares, with the participation of the residents and communities of the area.
He said that the 22-minute documentary was produced by a group of passionate documentary filmmakers, including himself, who directed it and participated in the photography.