SAVING THE BLUES 2015-16
Adoptivo™ has begun the funding phase of another new breeding season in anticipation of building upon eight consecutive years
of success in Bolivia.
In hopes of surpassing previous levels,
we welcome back our faithful supporters and
call out to new participants to join us in the
2015-16 Nido Adoptivo™
Saving the Blues™ efforts in the
Blue-throated Macaw's home range.
The most recent season for confirmed results is 2013-2014 with the Southern Zone posting another successful year. Seven chicks fledged and did not need -- in any instance -- supplemental feedings by our team. We believe that the parents are able to raise three chicks regardless of their hatch dates.
For the first time, a breeding pair was noted with
leg bands, meaning they had been hatched some years earlier in the program.
A total of
46 Blue-throated Macaw chicks have been produced in
our Nido Adoptivo™ nest boxes
the previous seven breeding seasons.
As a consequence of the program's ongoing successes, we continue to see the population increase in the Southern Zone, with flocks of
Blue-throated Macaws now traveling between
five local private ranches. This was unheard
of in the area five years ago.
Nido Adoptivo™ program
started with a successful 2007 introduction.
For the 08-09 season it was expanded into
a range on the then new Barba Azul Nature Reserve
while still maintaining the existing program
from the previous season.
Acquisition of Barba Azul Nature Reserve has
vastly improved the potential for conservation
of the estimated <>300-bird
This only protected area for critically endangered wild Blue-throated
Macaws began with an 11,555 acre ranch in the then newly discovered
Bolivia. The preserve (here)
was acquired by Asociación Armonía and others. This
included the survey area that
increased the known occurances
of the wild Blue-throated Macaw.
In 2014, another 14,827 acres of Beni savanna and palm forest island habitat has been acquired,
more than doubling the size of
Barba Azul Nature Reserve to 27,180 acres.