Newsletter 26

Volume 5, #1

Spring 2006










Rainforest Biodiversity Group

Protecting the Great Green Macaw to Protect Biodiversity


In this issue:   

Bird Route funding

Own A Rainforest

Festivals 2006

Supplemental 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.” Funding will be provided for the following:

1.     Secure staff and operational needs

2.     Enroll six new reserves into the Costa Rican Private Reserve Network

3.     Production of Costa Rica Bird Route Guide and promotion/educational materials

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 rainforests. 

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.

The specific objectives that will be completed with the funding are:

It is with sincere gratitude that we thank all of our members for their continued support over the years.  You all should feel a sense of well being and achievement for helping Rainforest Biodiversity Group now be able to implement and create the Costa Rican Bird Route.  We hope you will share in our joy. 

There is however not too much time for celebration as we a lot of work to do. This includes getting a Project Director and Assistant Project hired and their base of operations in Costa Rica established.

We will keep you informed on our advances. Again thank you for your support.  We are still taking donations and members are encouraged to renew their memberships for 2006.  Your dues are what keeps the organization functioning, and further donations will ensure project success. If you have any questions please contact us.  Thank you again,

                                                                                      Andrew Rothman

                                                                                      Founder / US Director



The 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.

Horicon Marsh Bird Festival a Success

The 9th Annual Horicon Marsh Bird Festival was held May 12th – May 15th 2006 at the Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area and National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin.  The Festival drew hundreds of visitors from across the Midwest including people as far away as Missouri and Oklahoma.  The Festival also drew over a 150 species of birds.  This of course included many neotropical migratory bird species the Rainforest Biodiversity Group aims to protect; Species such as Chestnut Sided Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Wood Thrush and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  The highlight of the Bird Festival was the Glossy Ibis that showed up at the Marsh.  This was the first ever record of this species on the Horicon Marsh and in all of Dodge County.

As the news of the Glossy Ibis hit the Internet people start to arrive from all parts of Wisconsin to see this species and get a glimpse of bird species they may never again see in their life. It was quite a special occasion and quite a special event.  See you next year at the 10th Anniversary Festival!


Great Green Macaw Festival continues in 2006

This 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.

Newsletter Supplement

With 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!!!

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