Bird Endowment is on a mission to save the critically endangered Blue-throated Macaw in the wild in the Beni Savanna of Bolivia, the birds endemic range. Our goal is to increase the wild population and well-being of the Blue-throated Macaw Ara glaucogularis in accordance with the species recovery plan by supporting and developing efforts to:
1) Research, monitor and protect nesting and foraging habitat
2) Educate local and global interest groups about conservation activities
Our Main Project: Nido Adoptivo™
Bird Endowment's primary campaign to achieve this goal is our Nido Adoptivo™ “adopted nest” project in partnership with the Bolivian NGO Asociación Armonía. This annual campaign raises funds through donations and nest box sponsorships to build, monitor and protect the nest boxes on the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve in Bolivia. As of 2021, over 100 Blue-throated Macaw chicks have fledged from the nest boxes, a major contribution to saving the species. With recent estimates of only 400 - 450 Blue-throated Macaws remaining in the wild, this number of successful fledges is truly significant. With continued support, the Blue-throated Macaw is flying toward a brighter future!
To learn more about Blue-throated Macaws and the Nido Adoptivo™ project please click here.
Photos by Armonía
Our Focus: Laney Rickman Reserve, Armonía
Bird Endowment's primary focus area is the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve in Bolivia owned by our partner Asociación Armonía. The majority of successful Blue-throated Macaw fledges are from the nest boxes placed on this key piece of land, formerly a cattle ranch. The Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve was named after Bird Endowment’s founder Laney Rickman when the property was acquired by Armonía in 2018 to pay tribute to her dedicated efforts to save this critically endangered bird from extinction. Laney spearheaded the Nido Adoptivo™ nest box campaign from 2007 when she started the project until her untimely death in 2017.
Since 2018, this Reserve is conserving vitally important breeding grounds for the Blue-throated Macaw. Now that our partner Armonía owns the Laney Rickman Reserve, this prime piece of land and its habitat and ecosystem are now protected. By saving this critically endangered bird, all the animals (fauna) and plants (flora) in the ecosystem now have a safe haven to flourish on the Reserve.
To learn more about our partner Asociación Armonía and the
Laney Rickman Reserve,
please click here.