Join the fight for survival! Fewer than 20 birds from a spectacularly beautiful macaw subspecies remain in the wild in western Central America. Nesting season is coming, with well-funded poachers anxious to steal eggs and young birds from the wild. To survive, these macaws need YOU. Your donation will make it possible for us and our partners to save their precious babies and help their species continue. Please make a difference here today.
The Cyanoptera macaw (Ara macao cyanoptera) is an endangered scarlet macaw subspecies that is both breathtaking and nearly extinct. It has unusually long tail feathers and a unique wing coloration. Each year, wild macaw babies are stolen and sold into the illegal pet trade. Now, fewer than 20 of these birds remain in western Central America. The mating pairs are getting old. If no one protects their last babies, these macaws will soon be extinct. A new generation needs to grow up in the wild.
We will directly protect the birds through nest monitoring, health checkups, and round-the-clock nest protection by our community rangers. A powerful solution are the incentive payments we give to local people when macaws fledge their nests. Our program also involves local children in our Junior Ranger environmental education curriculum. With the right luck and enough donations from people like you, all the baby macaws could be saved next spring! This would make a HUGE difference.
Each successful macaw nestling preserves unique genes and gives this species a lifeline. Our methods work: This trio of nest protection, economic benefit and education is a proven formula. With limited funding and no permanent field office, we have fought hard and already increased the macaws' population by 20%. Your help will make it possible to protect baby macaws next year. Please make a gift, and even start a monthly donation, today. Save these birds with us!
A 20-year Milestone for the Cyanoptera Macaw
June 2017 E-newsletter: Scarlet Macaw Success