SAVING THE BLUES 2014-15
Adoptivo™ has begun the funding phase of another new breeding season in anticipation of building upon seven consecutive years
of success in Bolivia.
In hopes of surpassing previous levels,
we welcome back our faithful supporters and
call out to new participants to join us in the
2014-15 Nido Adoptivo™
Saving the Blues™ efforts in the
Blue-throated Macaw's home range.
The most recent season for confirmed results is 2012-2013 with the Southern Zone posting the most successful year yet. Ten chicks fledged with two nests producing three chicks each.
For the first time, a breeding pair was noted with
leg bands, meaning they had been hatched some years earlier in the program.
A total of
39 Blue-throated Macaw chicks have been produced in
our Nido Adoptivo™ nest boxes
the previous six breeding seasons.
As a consequence of the program's ongoing successes, we continue to see the population increase in the Southern Zone, with flocks of
Blue-throated Macaws now traveling between
five local private ranches. This was unheard
of in the area five years ago.
Nido Adoptivo™ program
started with a successful 2007 introduction.
For the 08-09 season it was expanded into
a range on the then new Barba Azul Nature Reserve
while still maintaining the existing program
from the previous season.
Acquisition of Barba Azul Nature Reserve has
vastly improved the potential for conservation
of the estimated <>300-bird
This only protected area for critically endangered wild Blue-throated
Macaws began with an 11,555 acre ranch in the then newly discovered
Bolivia. The preserve (here)
was acquired by Asociación Armonía and others. This
included the survey area that
increased the known occurances
of the wild Blue-throated Macaw.
In 2014, another 14,827 acres of Beni savanna and palm forest island habitat has been acquired,
more than doubling the size of
Barba Azul Nature Reserve to 27,180 acres.