SAVING THE BLUES 2015-16
Adoptivo™ has begun the funding phase of another new breeding season in anticipation of building upon eight 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
2015-16 Nido Adoptivo™
Saving the Blues™ efforts in the
Blue-throated Macaw's home range.
Regarding the overall objectives, the 2014-15 season was our most successful year ever. Ten Blue-throated Macaw chicks fledged out of 4 Nest Boxes. A fifth box was used that did not fledge chicks, but shows promise for the future. The young Blue-throated Macaw pair with leg bands, that investigated a box last year, laid eggs this year. They did not hatch, but the pair is making good progress. The fact that these prospective parents were both raised in our Nest Boxes years ago is certainly encouraging.
This brings the grand total to 56 Blue-throated Macaw chicks produced in our Nido Adoptivo™ Nest Boxes for the past eight 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 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 was acquired,
more than doubling the size of
Barba Azul Nature Reserve to 27,180 acres.