Saving the Blue-throated Macaw in Bolivia
Ways to Support "Saving the Blues"
Sponsor a Nido Adoptivo™ NEST BOX on the Laney Rickman Reserve
Nest Box Sponsorships being accepted for the 2022- 2023 breeding season of the Blue-throated Macaw.
Your $250 donation to sponsor a nest box covers the cost of materials to build the nest boxes and supports field work to locate and establish appropriate nesting areas where wild breeding pairs will accept the artificial nest boxes in addition to monitoring the nest boxes during the breeding season. 100% of your contribution to sponsor a nest box is sent to our partner Armonía in Bolivia. You may specify two initials for your nest box. In addition, your name (and tribute 'in honor of' or 'in memory of,' if designated) will be listed on our "Supporters" page.
Since the program’s inception, an incredible 105 Blue-throated Macaws have fledged from the nest boxes, mainly on the Laney Rickman Reserve. With only an estimated 400 - 450 adult Blue-throated Macaws in the wild, this number of successful fledges is truly significant comprising about 25% of the wild population. For the first time, in 2017, a second-generation chick was raised by parents who both had fledged from the nest boxes. In 2021, a record of nine of the breeding macaws had leg bands, indicating they had previously fledged from the nest boxes themselves and returned to breed, giving promise for future population growth of this critically endangered bird.
Blue-throated Macaw Habitat Restoration Project, Laney Rickman Reserve
New Project 2022! Fundraising Goal: $40,000
Take action with your donation 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 are being 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. 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.
With the establishment of the Laney Rickman Reserve in 2018, 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.
Make a General "Saving the Blues" Donation
Your contributions will support the Nido Adoptivo nest box project on the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve in Bolivia and Bird Endowment’s efforts “Saving the Blues.”
Donate to the "Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Fund"
In 2017, to honor Laney Rickman’s legacy and continue her dedicated efforts saving this critically endangered species from extinction, the Bird Endowment, Asociación Armonía, American Bird Conservancy and Laney's family partnered to establish the “Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Fund”. 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 a remarkable number of people around the world, more than US $250,000 has 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.