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 Fundraising GOAL:  $40,000

NEW PROJECT 2022!  Habitat Restoration:  Objective

Bird Endowment and partner Asociación Armonía are taking action to restore the savanna/forest ecosystem in the recently enlarged Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve in the Beni Savanna in Bolivia. Now that Armonía owns this important piece of land, steps can be made to restore the habitat and bring it back to its natural state for the IUCN Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw and other species to thrive.

The Laney Rickman Reserve protects the most significant breeding grounds for the Blue-throated Macaw. The survival success of the Blue-throated Macaw in the wild is highly dependent on the availability of large trees. Traditionally, these rare birds prefer to make their nests in empty cavities of large mature trees. However, over 150 years of land use in the Beni Savanna, this bird’s native range, has cleared almost all these older-growth trees, reducing the availability of suitable nest areas for the Blue-throated Macaw.


The long-term objective of the habitat restoration is to achieve a restored forest to its most natural state possible, a diverse ecosystem that includes old growth trees and other over harvested species that will provide habitat, food and nesting cavities for the Blue-throated Macaw and other threatened wildlife.


As of 12/30/21,

over $10,100 has been raised

thanks to these generous supporters:

Peter Osvaldik

Lion Country Safari

"Chicken Thoughts" on Instagram

Ginger and Jim Payant

Habitat Restoration:  Overview and Timeline 

Budgeted expenses include costs for Armonía personnel Tjalle Boorsma as Project Supervisor and  Luz Natalia Mercado Callau, who kindly provided this information, as Project Lead plus a field assistant and a contracted botanist.  This project requires 17 months to conduct the activities of survey, reforestation and monitoring during two dry and one rainy season in 2022 and 2023 (June 2022 – Oct 2023). In June 2022, the project will begin with baseline surveys to assess the current state of the habitat, including the area of the new land purchase (to be announced early 2022). Baseline data and evaluation of the remnant forested areas where the Blue-throated Macaw breed will assess the different states of habitat degradation. The surveys will document current forest diversity, structure, and composition of the remnant forest, a critical first step to understand the ecosystem and what needs to be done to restore the habitat. Data collected will serve as a baseline for the reserve management plan as well as guide the restoration efforts including a long-term Reforestation and Monitoring Plan.

Based on local information, the IUCN Vulnerable Big-leaf Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla trees have been severely depleted locally and throughout South America due to overexploitation. Other trees currently in low densities due to overexploitation that will be considered for forest enrichment efforts include the fruit-bearing evergreen tree Calophyllum brasiliense, the flowering tree that bears tonka beans Dypterix odorata, the Spanish cedar Cedrela odorata, and Ormosia spp. trees which produce striking black and red seeds. 

After completing the baseline surveys, activities include restoring mahogany and other species of trees and constructing firebreaks to protect the restored areas. In addition, Armonía will conduct two workshops on conservation and ecological restoration at the Laney Rickman Reserve engaging at least 20 people including landowners, cattle ranchers, local government technicians and university students. 

Fundraising GOAL:  $40,000 USD

Your support would be greatly appreciated! Thanks to early adopters of this vital project,

25% of the funds have been raised as of 12/31/2021.

Donations may be made ONLINE or by CHECK made out to 'Bird Endowment' and mailed to:

Bird Endowment, 1707 1/2 Post Oak Blvd. #194, Houston, Texas 77056

NOTE: On memo line please write: Habitat Restoration Project

Questions? Please contact Bennett Hennessey at abhennessey@armonia-bo.org 
or Dorothy Paterson at dorothypaterson@birdendowment.org

Bird Endowment is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID EIN 74-2870599