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Rainforest Biodiversity Group Protecting the Great Green
Macaw to Protect Biodiversity In
Route funding Own
A Rainforest Festivals
Rainforest Biodiversity Group
Protecting the Great Green Macaw to Protect Biodiversity
In this issue:
Welcome Back Everyone!
It has been a long time since
you have heard from us, but it will be worth your wait. In the long journey
that has been the Rainforest Biodiversity Group there have been many ups and
downs as you are all well aware of. We
have just had one of our highest moments to date.
On May 13th, 2006, International Migratory Bird Day the US
Fish and Wildlife Service announced the winners of the Neotropical Migratory
Bird Conservation Act grant. Rainforest
Biodiversity Group, Inc was one of those winners.
We will be receiving $50,000
to implement the protect entitled “Protecting
Bird Habitat through the implementation of The Costa Rican Bird Route: Section
San Juan – La Selva.”
will be provided for the following:
Secure staff and operational needs
Enroll six new reserves into the Costa Rican Private Reserve Network
Production of Costa Rica Bird Route Guide and promotion/educational
4. Development and maintenance of Costa Rica Bird Route Website
The Costa Rican Birding Trail
will create six new private reserves that will protect more than 1200 acres of
rainforest, and incorporate at least 7 other existing reserves.
Additionally, the project will bring economic benefit to local
communities, and will be an integral part of a biological corridor that will
connect chunks of rainforest from southern Nicaragua to central Costa Rica to
protect the great diversity of plant and animal life in the Costa Rican
The Rainforest Biodiversity Group hopes to have the bird route open and operational by January 1, 2008. The local marketing firm Russell Bensman Marketing, Inc will be donating an additional $24,000 in work for the development of the marketing plan, and the development of the bird route information guide and map.
specific objectives that will be completed with the funding are:
the Costa Rican Bird Route Code of Ethics and Requirements
Provide information to communities within the CBSS about the Costa Rican Bird Route
and map all current nature tourism options and businesses within the CBSS
and map pool of 10 - 20 properties with new reserve potential
13 reserves (7 existing, 6 new) to be included within the Costa Rican Bird
a minimum of two transportation routes to each of the 13 reserves of the
Costa Rican Bird Route
six properties in to the Private Reserve Network of Costa Rica
Land Management Plans for the six new reserves for future leverage for
obtaining property conservation easements.
and distribute 1000 copies + of the “Guide to the Costa Rican Bird
Route: Section San Juan-La Selva” including the transportation map
Costa Rican Bird Route: Section San Juan – La Selva Website
OWN –A-RAINFOREST PROJECT UPDATE
own-A-Rainforest Fundraiser drew little fan fair. We raised only $190, of the $1250 we had hoped to raise. We
would like to thank Jack and Holly Bartholmai, Marc and Marcia Williamson, Jim
and Linda Enders, and Steph and Maureen Bielke for their donations.
We will attempt to use this money to secure a share and an Acre of the
Own- A- Rainforest Project.
year was the 5th Annual Great Green Macaw Festival.
Rainforest Biodiversity Group was able to donate $200 to the festival
and this money went to the ADOPT-A-TREE project and was given to landowners
that protect the Great Green Macaw nest trees. A full report from Olivier
Chassot of the San Juan-La Selva Biological Corridor on the event will be in
our supplemental issue.
all of the recent excitement and events, we will be putting out a supplemental
issue of our newsletter in the coming weeks. We did not put out a Winter
edition of the newsletter and instead will put out a second spring newsletter.
The Supplemental Issue will introduce you to the selected Project Director and
Assistant Project Director of the Bird Route Project, will update you on the
latest information, provide you with the 2005 Annual Report, announce the 2006
Board of Directors and will remind you to update your membership dues.
Look for this second RBG installment in the coming weeks!
Thanks for your help!!!
Madison, WI 53711