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:
- Dipterix panamensis (almendro de montana)
- Terminalia catappa (almendro de playa)
- 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.