"Friends of Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve"

HELP SAVE THE BLUE-THROATED MACAW FROM EXTINCTION
Become a “Friends of Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve"

For information about“Friends of Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve” please contact:

Bennett Hennessey at abhennessey@armonia-bo.org or

Dorothy Paterson at dorothypaterson@birdendowment.org

Blue-throated Macaw conservation at work

The Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve is a very important place for the conservation of the endemic and Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw and many of Bolivia’s Beni Savanna species. But making sure the area is well protected requires support from people like you who understand the value of nature and wild places.

 

Human disturbance over centuries has removed the large trees in the area that historically would have offered safe nest cavities. In 2005 Asociación Armonía started pilot project for Blue-throated Macaw nest boxes. After initial success with one chick fledged, in 2007, Laney Rickman and Bird Endowment joined forces with Armonía by starting the annual Nido Adoptivo fundraising campaign to 'sponsor' nest boxes. As of 2021, 105 Blue-throated Macaw chicks have successfully fledged from the nest boxes. In 2018, Armonía purchased the most important breeding grounds, a former cattle ranch, and dedicated it as the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve in recognition of Laney's dedication to saving the Blue-throated Macaw from extinction.  Over 1,680 acres (681 ha) of savanna and tropical forest in northern Bolivia is now protected. Exciting plans are underway to expand the size of the Laney Rickman Reserve in the near future.

Your impact as a “Friends of Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve”

The most important breeding site for the southern subpopulation of the Blue-throated Macaw is now protected forever.  But conservation goals are not met by just buying land as the emblematic species can suffer from threats like poaching, uncontrolled fires, and invading cattle negatively affecting their habitat. Your support will go directly to protecting this species and its crucial habitat by restoring this endangered ecosystem through the nest box program, fire prevention, park guard patrols, and habitat restoration. The Laney Rickman Reserve provides safe haven for numerous other threatened species like the Endangered Great-billed Seed-Finch and the Vulnerable Bare-faced Curassow. The reserve is also home to and protects diverse wildlife, including Giant Anteaters, Crab-eating Foxes, and other birds such as the White Monjita and Red-bilked Scythebill.

How to become a “Friends of Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve”

Members of the “Friends of Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve” include individuals who have committed to assisting Armonía’s protection efforts.  Each member will receive two reports a year including the annual nest box report plus the Laney Rickman Reserve financial report with the management budget. In addition, we plan to have a zoom meeting with the ‘Friends’ group each year in December. ‘Friends’ will be informed of conservation details and encouraged to help with ideas, suggestions, contacts, and references.

 

To become a “Friends of Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve,” ideally, we request a yearly donation of US$10,000 with a minimum annual donation of US$2,000. Your charitable donation can be made online or by check made out to Bird Endowment (please write "Friends of Laney Rickman Reserve" on memo line) and mail to:

             Bird Endowment

             1707 1/2 Post Oak Blvd. 

             #194

             Houston, Texas 77056