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Saving the Blues™ in Bolivia

Nido Adoptivo™ Is Building
On Achievements, Moving Forward

Nido Adoptivo™ was initiated in 2007 as our original annual funding project in partnership with the Armonía / Loro Parque Fundación Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Program in the El Beni state of Bolivia, which is the endemic birds' natural range.

The exclusive nest site supplementation project empowers in-the-wild-conservation for domestic aviculturists and bird lovers, each of whom is honored as an "El Beni-Factor™" for a year and listed in our archives forever.
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Photo by Mauricio Herrera

Your money works hard in Saving The Blues

Costs of the nest boxes themselves are only a small part of the project. Bird Endowment collects no fees in this program (and in fact, pays for the certificates and mailing among other domestic expenses). Most of the expenses in Bolivia are incurred in the field work. Your $250 donation to this unique project will fund:

Related actions integral to the success of Nido Adoptivo™ are also funded by your donation and these include:

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Three Blue-throated Macaw chicks fledged from
Nido Adoptivo "BL"

Nido Adoptivo™ has begun the funding phase of another new breeding season in anticipation of building upon our seven consecutive years of success that have produced 46 BTM chicks 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 Honor and The Privilege:

The 2014-15 El Beni-Factors ™

Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ohio
Eva Dicker, California
Claire Dicker, California
Daina Mahone, Texas
Laurel Rohrer, Kandahar Airfield
Cleveland Parrot Education & Adoption Center, Ohio
Avitech Exotic Birds, California
Avitech Exotic Birds, California
Avitech Exotic Birds, California
Avitech Exotic Birds, California
Andy Sanford, Texas
Byron Bointy, Texas
Kathryne Thorpe, California

The 2014-15 In Honor Of

Mille, by Jim and Ginger Payant, Utah

The 2014-15 In Memoriam

Dr. Robert Stonebreaker, by a Parrot Lover, California

Three Blue-throated Macaw chicks fledged from
Nido Adoptivo GA

The 2013-14 El Beni-Factors ™

Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Brenton Head, Adelaide, Australia
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Bolivar the BTM, Pennsylvania
South Bay Bird Society, California
Alan and Karen Rossi, Colorado
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ohio
Arizona Seed Cracker Society, Arizona
Roger O'Connell, Massachusetts
Janice Boyd, Texas
Northwest Exotic Bird Society, Washington
Eva Dicker, California
Claire Dicker, California
Parrot University, North Carolina
Parrots of the Hills Bird Club, Arizona
Adele Vessey, Pennsylvania
Laurel Rohrer, Kandahar Airfield
Gabriele Alexander and Leland & Zyanna Simmons, Colorado
Covenant Parrot Place/John Fisher & Kelle Baley, Utah

The 2013-14 In Honor Of

Blu Lu, by Good Bird Inc. / Barbara Heidenreich, Texas
Mille, by Jim and Ginger Payant, Utah

The 2013-14 In Memoriam

Icarus, by Randy Collins and Barbara Citko, Washington
Shawn Mallory, by Avicultural Society of Tucson, Arizona
Fantasy and Prophecy, by Beamer Blues, Texas
Cheeko, by Karen C. Justice, North Carolina
Kay Anderson, by Avicultural Society of Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Robert Stonebreaker, by a Parrot Lover, California


2012-13 was the most successful breeding year yet, with 10 fledged Blue-throated Macaw chicks, two nests producing three chicks each. And the record for the first breeding pair of banded birds from a previous nest box.

The 2012-13 El Beni-Factors ™

Brenton Head, Adelaide, Australia
Roger O'Connell, Massachusetts
Good Bird Inc. / Barbara Heidenreich, Texas
Chirping Central / Mary Rose, Arizona
Cleveland Parrot Education & Adoption Center, Ohio
Parrot University, North Carolina
Covenant Parrot Place, Colorado
Tina Arntsen, Norway
Lisa Johnson, Arizona
Margo Rose, California
Bolivar the BTM, Pennsylvania
Northwest Exotic Bird Society, Washington
Northwest Exotic Bird Society, Washington
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Arizona Seed Crackers Society, Arizona
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ohio
South Bay Bird Society, California

IN HONOR OF 2012-13

Mille, by Jim and Ginger Payant, Utah
Blu Lu, by Good Bird Inc. / Barbara Heidenreich, Texas
Melanie Allen-Lowrey, by The Leather Elves /  Robin Shewokis, Massachusetts

IN MEMORIAM 2012-13

Icarus, by Randy Collins and Barbara Citko
Cheeko, by Karen C. Justice, North Carolina
Fantasy and Prophecy, by Beamer Blues, Texas
Carol Brasaemle, by Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture,  Colorado
Carol Brasaemle, by Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture /  Eric Nelson, Colorado
Carol Brasaemle, by Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture /  Gabriele Alexander, Colorado


A total of 39 Blue-throated Macaw chicks have been produced in our Nido Adoptivo™ nest boxes during the previous six breeding seasons.
The 2011-12 El Beni-Factors

Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Roger O'Connell, Massachusetts
Northern Illinois Parrot Society, Illinois
Adele Vessey, Pennsylvania
Eva Dicker, California
Claire Dicker, California
Brenton Head, Adelaide, Australia
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ohio
Lisa Johnson, Arizona
Parrot University, North Carolina
Arizona Seed Crackers Society, Arizona
South Bay Bird Society, California
Jana Julleis, Arizona
Bolivar the BTM, Pennsylvania
Covenant Parrot Place, Colorado
Janice Boyd, Texas
St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Florida
The Beak Squad, California
The Beak Squad, California
Kathryne Thorpe, Virginia
Cleveland Parrot Education & Adoption Center, Ohio
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture, Colorado
Margo Rose, California
San Francisco Bay Area Zookeepers, California*
San Francisco Bay Area Zookeepers, California*
San Francisco Bay Area Zookeepers, California*
San Francisco Bay Area Zookeepers, California*
San Francisco Bay Area Zookeepers, California*
(*American Association of Zookeepers, Bay Area Chapter)

IN HONOR OF 2011-12

Laney Slator Rickman, by Malcolm, Dorothy, Audrey and Andrew Paterson, Texas

IN MEMORIAM 2011-12

Dick Williams, by Blue-throated Macaw Yahoo Group
Cheeko, by Karen C. Justice, North Carolina
Dr. Robert Stonebreaker, by a Parrot Lover, California



Photo by Mauricio Herrera

In 2010, three Blue-throated Macaw pairs each fledged three chicks from Nido Adoptivo nest boxes without any human intervention.



The 2010-11 El Beni-Factors

Good Bird Inc., Texas
Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Ohio
Compassion for Critters Club at Pasco-Hernando Community
College, Florida
Lisa Johnson, Arizona
Brenton Head, Adelaide, Australia
Arizona Seed Crackers Society, Arizona
Rigoletto Kayla Grasso, New York
The Beak Squad, California
Mark Moore, Texas
Roger O'Connell, Massachusetts
Royal Parrot Conservatory, Texas
Royal Parrot Conservatory, Texas
Royal Parrot Conservatory, Texas
Royal Parrot Conservatory, Texas
Royal Parrot Conservatory, Texas
South Bay Bird Society, California
Eva Dicker, California
Claire Dicker, California
Edward Landry, California
Jana Julleis, Arizona
Parrot University, North Carolina
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Bolivar the BTM, Pennsylvania
Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture, Colorado
Jim and Ginger Payant, Utah
Janice Boyd, Louisiana
David and Sandy Mauer, Texas
Richard Heebner, Pennsylvania
Cleveland Parrot Education & Adoption Center, Ohio

IN HONOR OF 2010-11

Wedding Gift (1) to Jean and Roy Rub, New York
Wedding Gift (2) to Jean and Roy Rub, New York

IN MEMORIAM 2010-11

Dr. Robert Stonebreaker, by a Parrot Lover, California
Fantasy and Prophecy, by Beamer Blues, Texas
George Waltemyer, by Robin Shewokis, Massachusetts and Barbara Heidenreich, Texas
Cheeko, by Karen C. Justice, North Carolina



Photo by Mauricio Herrera

In 2009, two Blue-throated Macaw chicks fledged from the Nido Adoptivo nest box sponsored by May and Daisy.

The 2009-10 El Beni-Factors

Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Gamini and Lisa Ratnavira, California
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Wayne Rankin, Nevada
Wayne Rankin, Nevada
France Archambault and Calvin Embry, Texas
Susanne Cochran, Colorado
Companion Bird Club of Charlotte County, Florida
Companion Bird Club of Charlotte County, Florida
Arizona Seed Crackers Society, Arizona
Rigoletto Kayla Grasso, New York
Arthur Field, California
Tomi Takemoto, Animal Lovers, California
South Bay Bird Society, California
Parrot University, North Carolina
Eva Dicker, California
Claire Dicker, California
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Stonebreaker, California
Bolivar the BTM, Pennsylvania
France Archambault and Calvin Embry, Texas
Brenton Head, Adelaide, Australia
South Bay Bird Society, California
Lisa Johnson, Arizona

IN MEMORIAM 2009-10

Cheeko, by Karen C. Justice, North Carolina
Fantasy and Prophecy, by Beamer Blues, Texas
Mr. Van Zandt of Cincinnati Zoo, by The Blues Conservatory
Great-grandfather Charles Dromgoole, by Ian Fisher, Texas
Great-grandfather Charles Dromgoole, by Gavin Fisher, Texas


Photo by Mauricio Herrera

Three Blue-throated Macaw chicks fledged from Nido Adoptivo nest box "GR" in 2008.

The 2008-09 El Beni-Factors™

Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Wayne Rankin, Nevada
Wayne Rankin, Nevada
France Archambault and Calvin Embry, Texas
Blue-throated Macaw Yahoo Group/ Jim P
Noelle Fontaine, Arizona
Susanne Cochran, Colorado
Vicki Baiamonte, Texas
Eva Dicker, California
Claire Dicker, California
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Stonebreaker, California
Lisa Johnson, Arizona
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Parrot University, North Carolina
Daina Mahone, Texas
Margo and Randy Rose
Kathryne Thorpe, Virginia
Bolivar the BTM, Pennsylvania
PEAC-Cleveland, Ohio
Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Janice Boyd, Louisiana
Wendy's Parrots, Texas
Gamini and Lisa Ratnavira, California
Mark and Daina Mahone, Texas
Mark and Daina Mahone, Texas
Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture, Colorado
Westech Mechanical, Colorado
Brenton Head, Adelaide, Australia
Rigoletto Kayla Grasso the BTM, New York
Jana Julleis, Arizona
Arizona Seed Cracker Society, Arizona
Avicultural Society of Tucson, Arizona
Uselton Family Foundation, Texas
Uselton Family Foundation, Texas
Uselton Family Foundation, Texas
Uselton Family Foundation, Texas

IN MEMORIAM 2008-09

Giselle, by Blue-throated Macaw Yahoo Group/Steve K
Harry Heidenreich, by Good Bird Inc., Texas
Cheeko, by Karen C. Justice, North Carolina
Lin Jellenik, by Blue-throated Macaw Yahoo Group/ Rick G

Photo by Mauricio Herrera

This Blue-throated Macaw chick fledged from its nest box the end of March, 2008.

The Nido Adoptivo™ Founders

Bird Endowment committed to fund a minimum of 20 nest boxes to be erected in Bolivia for the 2007-08 breeding season. The response to our request for help exceeded that goal by 14 boxes (a total of 34). Those 2007 donors are recognized as Founders of the continuing annual program. The Founders are:

Katy Secor, Massachusetts
Eva Dicker, California
Claire Dicker, California
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Stonebreaker, California
Parrot University, North Carolina
Margo Rose, California
Kathryne Thorpe, Virginia
Jennifer White, North Carolina
Deborah Stambul, California
Cleveland Parrot Education & Adoption Center, Ohio
Janice Boyd, Louisiana
Kelly and Spencer Wheeler, Washington
France Archambault, Texas
Hank Greer, South Carolina
Laurel Greer, South Carolina
Paige Greer, South Carolina
Ryan Greer, South Carolina
Reid Greer, South Carolina
Emma Greer, South Carolina
Hayden Greer, South Carolina
Evan Greer, South Carolina
Bolivar the BTM, Pennsylvania
Attila Molnar, DVM, California
Aurelia Lynn Friedman, California
Vicki Baiamonte, Texas
Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture, Colorado
Rocky Mountain Society of Aviculture, Colorado
Lisa Johnson, Arizona
Greg and Patty Muzic, Ohio
Northwest Exotic Bird Society, Washington
Companion Bird Club of Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania

Founders In Memoriam

Harry Heidenreich, by The Leather Elves, Massachusetts
Rita Tindall, by Ark-La-Tex Caged Bird Club, Louisiana
Baby Giselle, by Wendy's Parrots, Texas

 




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Summary of Nido Adoptivo™ project

The Nido Adoptivo™ objective is to increase the annual reproductive output of the Blue-throated Macaw wild population through a nestsite supplementation strategy, utilizing nest boxes attached to trees.

This is in cooperation with “Saving the Blue-throated Macaw Ara glaucogularis: A Species Recovery Plan,” which was developed by the Bolivian NGO Asociación Armonía and Loro Parque Fundación to guide the Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Program they began in 1995.

Our effort has been an expansion of trial studies done in the two previous breeding seasons -- 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. During the first breeding season of Nido Adoptivo™ -- 2007-2008 -- we had an objective of installing 20 new nest boxes. The project attracted 34 sponsors at $250 each.

Such an outpouring of support allowed Armonia to include the boxes from the earlier feasibility study as part of the project. That resulted in 51 nest boxes -- the surplus boxes mostly were designated with initials BE and a number -- being placed in different areas as part of the project.




Armonia in Bolivia

Since 2002, the Bolivian Bird Conservation NGO Armonia/BirdLife International has grown from two conservation projects and three employees to 15 Bolivian bird conservation programs with 25 employees.

Bird Endowment, of course, considers Armonia to be important because of their increasingly important role as the on-the-ground organization most critical to Saving the Blues in Bolivia.

Loro Parque is a leader in
Saving the Blues in Bolivia

This Canary Island foundation plays the most important role in Saving the Blues in Bolivia, providing committed annual funding for its partnership with the Bolivian NGO Armonia.

Since 1995, Loro Parque Fundacion continually has provided financial support for the efforts of the NGO and BirdLife International partner Armonía to save the critically endangered Blue-throated macaw in the wild.



Photographs above and left show the nest box sponsored by Reid Greer of South Carolina. Three BTMs fledged from the box in 2008. Photographs ©2008, permission granted by French photo-journalist Roland Seitre.