Friends of the Great Green Macaw, Inc
June 2001 - June 2002
2001 to June 2002)
Total Funds raised in the US in 2001
= $ 3,178.26
Total funds raised in CR in 2001 = $475.00
TOTAL 2001 = $3653.60
1. Adopt a tree- $450, ($436 directly marked
from 2000 and 2001)
FGGM raised $450 for our Rainforest Reconstruction or our reforestation
program. All of this money was raised from our Adopt-a-Tree program where
we gathered $1 per tree. In the books $436 has been directly accounted
for while the remaining $14 is mixed with other UWSP Chapter checks. These
funds were raised in both 2000 and 2001 thus are not factored into the
total funds raised for the 2001-2002 Annual Report.
FGGM made $938 from merchandise sales. The cost of creating the merchandise
was $693. Thus we have made $245 in profit of our sales and still have
a good amount of merchandise remaining.
3. Membership = 57 members in Total
Since the inception of FGGM we have had a total of 57 members. We received
26 new members in the 2001 campaign. The 23 members from 2000 all need
to receive renewal notices, as do many of the 2001 members. Memberships
will be for 1 year from the date a person or family becomes a member.
In total we made $380 this year from memberships, and in total have raised
$680 from memberships.
TOTAL MEMBERSHIP FUNDS
In 2001 FGGM took in $1474.26 in direct donations. Of this, $999.26 was
raised in the US, while $475.00 was raised in Costa Rica, from the donations
of Charles Munn, the VENT tourist group, and volunteer fees.
US = $999.26
CR = $475.00
TOTAL = $1474.26
5. Benefit Concert:
The FGGM benefit concerts have been a success. FGGM held two benefit
concerts. One in the fall of 2001 and one in the Spring of 2002. Both
were in Stevens
Point. The fall amount is larger because funds made from merchandise
sales, memberships and trees are not separated as it is for the spring
Fall $727.00, Spring $405.00 = TOTAL = $1132.00
6. In Kind Donations – Jose Herrero,
Russell Advertising & Marketing, Inc., Orion Kiesch (Not totaled yet)
In total, FGGM had disbursements of $1,679.39 in the US. Costa Rican
expenditures have yet to be factored in that total
Long Sleeve $292.55
Brochure printing: $373. 38
Poster Creation -$50
1. Lapa Festival - $200
2. Trees- $450 ($436 directly marked)
3. Miscellaneous needs – see receipts (In Costa Rica)
FGGM gave a total of 10 presentations this year to 660 people. It is estimated
that at least 100 other people we informed of our activities through informal
talks or roving interpretive education. Highlights include the presentation to
the entire Bannack Elementry School in Stevens Point, and the tour given to the
20 tourists from the Victor Emanuel Nature Tours of Finca EL Retorno.
Presentation/No. of People/Presenter
Stevens Point - ELEM 12 Lynne
Stevens Point -ELEM 500 Lynne, Rebecca, Lisa
Stevens Point - ELEM 25 Roots and Shoots
Stevens Point - HIGH 25 Andy
Presentation/No. of People/Presenter
CR 15 Andy
Chilamate - CR 15 Andy
La Peninsula - CIEE 30 Andy
El Retorno - VENT 20 Andy, Stephanie
Tirimbina Group 8 Andy, Stephanie
Selva Verde 10 Andy, Stephanie
Non-programmed 100 FGGM
FGGM spent 141 days working at Finca El
Retorno from November 2001 to June 2002. Program director Andrew
Rothman and Assistant Program
Stephanie Schmid were working on
El Retorno from Nov to June and
Nov to April respectively. Additionally the FGGM had 11 volunteers
with work at the farm. In total 3,352 man hours were spent working
projects at Finca El Retorno. The following is a brief summary
Rainforest Reconstruction :
Our Reforestation program resulted in the planting of over 100o trees,
22 acres. These 22 acres are divided into three
different plots. We received a donation of 500 almendros of which
we planted 450
of these and donated the remaining 50 to Finca La Peninsula. In addition
650 trees were purchased from local growers (CACSA and EARTH) and
subsequently planted at El Retorno, with funds raised in our
Adopt – a – Tree Program. All the trees have been mapped
and measured on a bi-monthly basis. We also maintained these planted
trees by clearing competing grass around them, and mulching the seedlings.
Point Count Bird Survey/ Christmas Bird Count:
Within our reforestation sites we began taking data on the diversity
and abundance of bird species. We have been doing this on a point
count basis, and the data we have so far is currently being summarized.
June 193 species of birds had been identified at Finca El Retorno.
Additionally we conducted a Christmas Bird Count in which we observed
81 species on
Christmans Day 2001. It is hoped that this count can become an annual
We began trying to develop small scale farming practices at El Retorno
to supplement our diets, and develop information and techniques for
the possible use in organic agriculture production in the future.
constructed 7 gardens, and planted about 35 fruit trees in a proposed
orchard. We also constructed a grey water system that helps dilute
the waste water from our showers and sinks. We also made contacts
Jose to buy our organic produce.
At El Retorno we began sampling and inventorying the farm and have
logged 193 species of birds, x number of amphibians and reptiles,
and y number
of Mammals. Due to the immense number of plant and insect species
these count have been unattempted as to date.
Friends of the Great Green Macaw hosted a group of tourist from Victor
Emanuel Nature Tours. FGGM also led bird hikes for the CIEE Study
Abroad program and assisted with the group with questions about and
around the farm.
Internship and Volunteer Program:
FGGM brought 5 interns and 11 volunteers to Finca El Retorno in 2001
- 2002. Our 5 interns are currently still on the farm assisting us
with our ongoing projects, as well as completing their own research
for their universities as well.
In addition to the other projects many hours were spent walking the
property boundaries and trails of Finca El Retorno, searching for
signs of illegal
hunters and intruders. Also time at El Retorno was spent putting
up and often replacing Private Property and No Hunting Signs. We
the old house, and kept the new house in good condition, including
lawn work and basic maintenance.
Friends of the Great Green Macaw organized the first annual Great
Green Macaw count. This event took place on the 2nd of June. The
idea was to
have an organized single day count of the macaws to possibly get
a better idea of the number of macaws in the area.
With little help, we organized a group of 22 observers who witnessed
at total of 37 macaws. The group covered a large area, and the number
of macaws observed seems frighteningly low, yet with such a small
number of observers our data does not give a good measure of population.
hope to have more observers next year and to get help from other
conservation organizations to make the event more fruitful.
As a member organization of the Rio San Juan – La Selva Biological
Corridor Committee, we attended and participated in monthly meetings
and Corridor events. We helped distribute information on the Corridor
and the Great Green Macaw festival, and also assisted with preliminary
meeting with school teachers in the villages near El Retorno. And
participated in the first annual Bi-national Macaw Festival in Boca
San Carlos, Costa
Currently 197 people are receiving our newsletter. Of these only
57 are members. It would be important to have the remaining people
members. We distributed 7 newsletters in 2001 from June 2001 to June
Other Special Activities:
Booths –Wild Bird Expo, Mayville Marsh Days