Friends of the Great Green Macaw, Inc.
Friends of the Great Green Macaw, Inc.
7 N. Pinckney St
Newsletter 17 www.greatgreenmacaw.org Suite 210
No. 4 Vol. 3 [email protected] Madison, WI 53703
Jan / Feb / March 2003
For every up there is a down, and we had our downs as well this last month. A number of pricey and important equipment items were stolen during a business trip, which has caused us a bit of grief, and frustration. We had to put the BTT project on hold (see below) and even getting the line for the cell phone has proven to be time consuming. However, as I return to the states I feel the projects’ potential continues. Funding for everything from transportation to office supplies is still needed, but we have good a network established, have good projects at Rain Ranch and with the Bird Route, and currently have a good volunteer crew. With good leadership in Costa Rica, broader promotion and fundraising efforts, and strong support, Friends of the Great Green Macaw can accomplish its goals.
I look forward to bringing you the news again in April.
Friends of the Great Green Macaw. “ Friends of what?” is typically what I here. I reply Friends of the Great Green Macaw. That’s a mouthful. In reality our name is a long name. We at FGGM (for short) are pondering a change of name to make our name and thus, our programs, a little easier to understand. Rather than just picking a name and going for it, we would like feedback from our general members. There are a number of potential names below. Pick the one you think is best and send us your vote at [email protected] Subject: The name game. The nominees are…
· Macaw Conservation Group (MCG)
· Macaw Protection Group (MPG)
· Macaw Conservation Association (MCA)
· Macaw Conservation Projects (MCP)
· Macaw Ecosystem Protection Program (MEPP)
If you have other proposed names please send them our way.
We are also thinking about modifying our motto, to make it a little shorter. Currently our motto is:
Protecting macaws to protect biodiversity. We pondered the idea of changing the motto to:
· Macaws, Biodiversity, Conservation
· Conservation, Education, Innovation
· Sustaining Macaws and Biodiversity
· Protecting Macaws, Conserving Biodiversity
Rain Ranch Project Takes Flight
The ranch where it always rains, will now house the next generation of FGGM volunteers. The site owned by David Gardella and his wife Cecila, protects over 50 hectares of rainforest habitat, and includes another 20 or so hectares under different agriculture and forest restoration efforts. Friends volunteers Geordie Beck, Marissa Workowski, Jim Dinsmore and Anna Hjarne spent time in the month of February making Rain Ranch comfortable for the volunteers…and comfortable it is.
Marissa and french volunteer Helene Cavagna remain at Rain Ranch conducting research projects. Marissa is researching tree species and is looking to mark and identify individual trees at Rain Ranch that may be of interest to the great green macaws, who visit the site yearly. Helene will be conducting point count bird surveys for the next three months. This study will give us valuable information on the species of birds present at Rain Ranch, and we will be able to compare data from Rain Ranch with data gathered from El Retorno in years past. We hope to show the impact protecting habitat for the great green macaw has on other species of birds.
Ana, who is spliting her time at Rain Ranch and at the office in Chilamate, has been getting trails prepared at Rain Ranch. Old time friends Scott Hocking and John Baeten will join Ana in trail maintenance and development in March. (Free FGGM patch to the first person who correctly emails me the date of Scotts first mention our newsletter!)
Many ideas are advancing rapidly at Rain Ranch. There is interest in housing captive bred macaws on site in large flight cages, and developing the site into a great green macaw research center. This is a project to pay close attention to, the site has a lot of potental!
News and Notes:
MEMBERSHIP and RENEWAL 2004: We have begun the 2004 membership season, and are looking forward to maintaining your support over the next year, Jan – Dec 2004. Membership dues received by FGGM go along way to maintaining our project. It is hard to receive the non-line item specific operational funding in other ways outside of membership dues. So you your support plays a key role in the organization and for a small non-profit every dollar helps. If we maintain even 50 members at $25 per member we have $1,250 available to cover cost of living expenses for our non-salaried directors in Costa Rica who make this project move forward. Our organization will go as far as our support goes, and we hope that you will make the effort to support our organization and become a new member, or if you have been a member before, renew your membership. Memberships are only $25 and of course are tax-deductible. You will receive a new membership certificate for 2004 upon receipt of your dues, and will continue to receive the latest conservation news from Costa Rica’s Sarapiqui lowlands. Please send membership requests to FGGM, 7 N. Pinckney St., Madison, WI 53704. Those of you who renewed or became members between Sept.1, 03 and today are in good standing through 2004.
BTT: Life at BTT for the volunteers has been difficult…a little too difficult. The project has had many ups and downs and never really got off the ground in the ways we had expected. After a trial year, FGGM has decided to put the project on the shelf until living arrangements can be improved. BTT will continue to be protected by the owner Guido Quesada. The BTT project has gained the interest of neighboring landowners and more and more owners are becoming interested in joining conservation efforts in the area.
3rd Annual Bi-national Macaw Festival: The annual macaw festival celebrated between Costa Rica and Nicaragua is right around the corner. Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui will host the event April 16-18. FGGM will be there and will report back on the event in the next issue of our newsletter. The past two years have been successful and this year there is much excitement about the potential of the festival as an educational tool as Puerto Viejo, a town of 5000 people; the largest community to host the festival yet.
Biological Corridor News: CEDERENA, a founding member organization of the San Juan – La Selva Biological Corridor committee, has begun to conduct a land tenure study within the area proposed as Maquenque National Park. This study will identify every property within the proposed park, who owns it, how big it is, if they are interested in conservation or selling, etc.
Additionally there is new promotional materials coming out for the communities in Costa Rica. This includes brochures and posters. Speaking of communities, Bosques por el Mundo: Fundacion Maquenque was established in late 2003 by local community members as a way for their voices to be heard in the Biological Corridor and National Park development processes. We welcome them to the committee.
In other news, at the end of 2003 Friends of the Great Green Macaw took on the role of advising the corridor on nature based sustainable tourism options.
Here we will note items or things that would be of great use to FGGM. Please let us know if you can help provide them. Each item will receive a value that can be used as a tax-deduction.
The Wish List:
Computer (laptop or desktop)
2 way radios and communication antennae
Mountain Bike (x 2)
Office Supplies (Manila and regular envelopes, printer paper, pens, pencils, etc)
Vehicle (4 x 4 truck, four wheeler, or motorcycle)
Thanks for your help!!!