Nido Adoptivo™ Is Building
On Achievements, Moving Forward
The Nido Adoptivo™ nest supplementation project was originated and developed in 2007 by Bird Endowment's founder Laney Rickman in partnership with the Bolivian NGO Asociación Armonía to support the Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Program in the El Beni state of Bolivia, which is the endemic birds' natural range. This effort is in cooperation with “Saving the Blue-throated Macaw Ara glaucogularis: A Species Recovery Plan,” developed by Asociación Armonía and Loro Parque Fundación.
The Blue-throated Macaw is Critically Endangered with only an estimated 450 in the wild. The objective of Nido Adoptivo™ is to increase the annual reproductive output of the Blue-throated Macaw wild population through a strategy, utilizing nest boxes attached to trees.
Each $250 USD donation to sponsor a nest box for a year covers the costs of materials to build the nest boxes as well as field work to locate and establish appropriate nesting areas where artificial nest boxes would be accepted by wild breeding pairs.
Since the program’s inception in 2007, 93 Blue-throated Macaws have fledged from the nest boxes, the majority of which are on the newly dedicated Laney Rickman Reserve (formerly Esperancita Ranch). For the first time, in 2017, a second-generation chick was raised by parents who both had fledged from these nest boxes. In 2019, five breeding birds were confirmed to be ringed individuals, having fledged from these nest boxes in previous years and returning to breed, demonstrating the success of this program and promise of future population growth.
As part of Armonía’s constant efforts to improve the nest box project, they set up camera traps for the first time in 2020 to better understand breeding habits of the Blue-throated Macaw. Bennett Hennessey with Armonía narrates this incredible YouTube video which summarizes the successful results from the 2019–2020 breeding season.
To sponsor a nest box for 2021 - 2022 breeding season, click here for a Sponsorship Form.