Bringing Back the Scarlet Macaw (And How You Can Help)

Bringing Back the Scarlet Macaw (And How You Can Help)

The Scarlet Macaw, a majestic species of parrot whose range stretches from southern Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon is dwindling in population in Costa Rica.  Where it once enjoyed domain over 85% of Costa Rica’s land mass, the species currently resides naturally in two small population centers; one in the Osa Peninsula and the other on the central pacific coast.

But thanks to several projects, we are slowly reversing that trend. In the next several years, Wild Sun Rescue Center will be breeding and reintroducing Scarlet Macaws around the Cabo Blanco Park, expecting that their range will extend over time from Cabuya to Montezuma, Mal País, Santa Teresa and Playa Hermosa.

Here’s how you can help!

Our Macaws rely on certain trees that grow naturally in our region. Be it for shelter or for food, Scarlet Macaws rely on specific trees for their survival.

So what can you do?

First, PROTECT the trees that are on your property. It may take up to 50 years for a Guanacaste tree to develop the nesting sites necessary for Macaws to raise their young.

Second, PLANT and NURTURE the trees Macaws need to survive now so that once they are released, they can forage and breed on your property too!

Below is a list of trees Macaws depend upon that naturally occur in our area, meaning we can all grow and protect these trees in our own backyards:

  • Anacardium excelsum (marañon selvaje)
  • Spondias purpurea (jocote)
  • Tabebuia rosea (corteza rosada)
  • Sterculia apetala (panamá)
  • Hura crepitans L. (jabillo)
  • Enterolobium cyclocarpun (guanacaste)
  • Inga vera (guava)
  • Brosimum alicastrum (Ojoche)
  • Ficus insipida (chilamate del río)
  • Scheelea rostrata (palma real)
  • Ginetrina arborea (melina)
  • Tectona grandis (teak)

Contact us if you’d like more information on where to find these trees.  Help us to reforest and make our neighborhood one that Macaws can once again thrive in.

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3 thoughts on “Bringing Back the Scarlet Macaw (And How You Can Help)

  1. So exciting and happy that this is happening. Way to go!!!!!! One question: when will the first release into Cabo blanco be? How can we prevent them from being poached again?

    1. Good question, Mikey. I think when Scarlet Macaws were in abundance, there wasn’t as much value placed on their being wild and free, but now in their absence, they are more revered. In areas where they have been reintroduced recently, such as Tambor, Curú, Punta Islita, etc., there has been widespread public support. The projects are monitored closely and the poaching hasn’t reared it’s ugly head. We have to be optimistic. We have to educate everyone of their importance. And we have to hope that the better good of our society can win out in the end as others learn by the example we set.

      1. Oh, and the first releases won’t be for at least a year. Our biologist is the same that is in charge of AsoProLapa who has released 130 macaws in Tambor in the last 5 years. We are an extension of that project but we’re still raising money for the infrastructure necessary to breed them here on our property. Follow the link above if you’d like to make a donation to help that happen sooner. 🙂

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