• Asociación Armonía

    Bolivia: land acquisition for Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve

In Brief

Location:

North-central Bolivia, Beni Department, 55 km south of Trinidad and east of the town of Loreto.

Goal:

To protect and increase the population of the blue-throated macaw.

Conservation Value:

The Critically Endangered blue-throated macaw is found only in the Beni Savanna of Bolivia where fewer than 250 remain in the wild today.  The purchase of Esperancita Ranch to create the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Reserve is an important step in securing the macaw's breeding population, complementing the protection of this species at Barba Azul Reserve in the non-breeding season. The nest box program developed at this site has produced 76 blue-throated macaw fledglings (as of 2018).

Securing the most important breeding site for this Critically Endangered species found only in Bolivia is key to the long-term recovery of the species that began in 1998. We are now witnessing the achievements from twenty years of hard work.

– Rodrigo Soria, Executive Director of Asociación Armonía

Threats:

Loss of habitat due to cattle ranching and incompatible burning of savanna.

Nest boxes are enabling the blue-throated macaw population to increase.

Actions & Results:

ICFC contributed to the purchase of the Esperancita cattle ranch, which affords Asociación Armonía complete control of the site of its successful nest-box program for the blue-throated macaw.  The reserve was named after the late Laney Rickman of Texas, who for years raised funds to establish and run the nest box program.

The reserve will be managed to promote an increased breeding population, with additional nest boxes and habitat management to improve macaw foraging species. Armonía will establish a local education and interpretation center where school groups and Bolivians can see and learn about this rare, endemic species. 

Project Field Partner:

Asociación Armonía

Size of Area Involved:

681 hectares

Cost:

2018 land acquisition and associated costs:  US$28,800 from ICFC (out of US$350,000). Other funders were the American Bird Conservancy, IUCN Netherlands and World Land Trust.

To cover the long-term management cost of the reserve, Armonía and American Bird Conservancy have established the Laney Rickman Blue-throated Macaw Fund.  (Note to American friends: there is a matching campaign underway with total donations up to $100,000 matched 1:1 until the end of 2018.)

Photo: Paul B. Jones

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