Saving the Blue-throated Macaw in Bolivia
2 ways to donate!
1. Donate to the "Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Fund"
To honor Laney Rickman’s legacy and continue her dedicated efforts saving this beautiful bird from extinction, the Bird Endowment, her family, Asociación Armonía, and American Bird Conservancy partnered to establish the “Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Fund” in September 2017. This Fund is managed by American Bird Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) organization with all disbursements sent directly to Asociación Armonía in Bolivia. Through the generosity and support of an incredible number of people around the world, more than 244,000 USD have been raised to date. Donations provide vital long-term support for the Nido Adoptivo™ nest box program, as well as habitat conservation and reserve management to help save the Blue-throated Macaw and the unique ecosystem in which it lives.
In August 2018, the nesting area for the largest known group of breeding Blue-throated Macaws was protected as a nature preserve, the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve. A former cattle ranch, the land was purchased by Asociación Armonía with support from American Bird Conservancy, the International Conservation Fund of Canada, IUCN Netherlands, and the World Land Trust. ABC’s President Michael Parr attributes this new Reserve as one of the biggest conservation wins for birds in 2018.
2. Sponsor a Nido Adoptivo™ NEST BOX!
$250 per nest box
on our partner American Bird Conservancy's website
Then select “Choose Gift Amount” of $250 per nest box. In “Donation Details” box, write "Armonía BTM Nest Box Project” and requested 2 initials per box [NOTE: Initials must be approved to prevent duplicates]
Laney Rickman, founder of Bird Endowment, originated and developed Nido Adoptivo™ in 2007 in partnership with Asociación Armonía to raise funds for 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, 81 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 fledged from these nest boxes.
Although the majority of BTM Nido Adoptivo™ chicks have fledged from the southern subpopulation that breeds on the Laney Rickman Reserve, new and ongoing efforts to provide nesting habitat for the northern subpopulation of BTM are underway. To find out more about the successes of the Nido Adoptivo program, click here.