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PROGRAMS / PROJECTS



Primary Projects

  1. Developing nature tourism within the San Juan – La Selva Biological Corridor
    (Costa Rican Bird Route)

  2. Adopt-a- Nest Program

Secondary Projects

  1. Education Programs

  2. Native Species Reforestation

  3. Biodiversity Monitoring

 

Costa Rican Bird Route: San Juan – La Selva

The Rainforest Biodiversity Group is in the process of creating the first Bird Watching and
Wildlife Observation Route in Costa Rica. The Birding Route has the following objectives:

  • Increase amount of habitat under protection by creating new private reserves
  • Create an economic incentive for local landowners and communities to protect wildlife habitat
  • Increase continuity and connectivity within the San Juan – La Selva Biological Corridor


  CBSS to Bird Route Proposal
Help us Finance the Costa Rica Bird Route

 


ADOPT — A — NEST

Great Green Macaw Nest Protection Program


Rainforest Biodiversity Group is raising money to
ensure the protection of trees that endangered Great Green Macaws nest in, which are almost exclusively mature almendro trees. Only 50 or so Great Green Macaw nests have been found in Costa Rica during
the most recent nest survey. Some of the nests
are used every year, while others are not. As the macaws are very selective, each identified nest
holds incredible natural value.

To make sure these nest trees stay standing (12 identified nest trees have been cut down in the past few years) a program has been established to give landowners some incentives to protect nest trees on their land. Each year landowners who join the Great Green Macaw Nest Protection Program are honored at the Great Green Macaw Festival, receive a monetary prize of $100 to $200 a year per nest, and receive
a trophy and a certificate recognizing their assistance with the conservation of the Great Green Macaw. This community recognition helps protect macaw nests by involving people voluntarily and promoting awareness of Great Green Macaw needs. Proceeds from this evening’s fundraiser will go to the Nest Protection Program which will keep the Great Green Macaw
nesting sites protected.

To assist with this program you can Adopt – A– Nest, which will basically sponsor the protection of one of the Macaw Nest Trees. RBG will assign you a nest. We will tell you what landowner owns the property and thus the tree. We will also give you information on the tree and give you information on Great Green Macaws and their use of the tree. Each nest is up for adoption for $100. This money will be earmarked for use only in our nest protection program by RBG.

Please give us time to get you information on your nest tree as this program is just getting underway. Thanks for the support. Hope to be sending you information on your adoption soon!

 

Environmental Education

In 2000, the Rainforest Biodiversity Group began presenting education programs to school groups and adults in both Costa Rica and the United States. We have spoken with thousands of people over the years about the Great Green Macaw, its conservation issues and our projects. This year we are continuing to speak on these matters and our projects both locally in Costa Rica and the US. Please contact us if you or your group would like to have someone from Rainforest Biodiversity Group give a presentation for you.


For us, it is not enough to just create sustainable conservation projects; education must be incorporated. Our education plan is multi-dimensional and international. We will teach about biodiversity, the great green macaw and its struggles, along with sustainability, alternative energy and community living. We will educate in three main ways:

  1. Personal education: We will go to schools and schools can come to us. Public programs will also be given to visiting tourists, students and community members. We already host two university groups a year and hope to increase the number of university student that come to our property.
  2. Non-personal education: Our work sites will be more than just farms; they will become private reserves. Working reserves, where human uses and biodiversity co-exist. Eventually, we will have interpretive trails and signs throughout our property. They will be accessible to any visitor.
  3. Provide information: We would like our sites to be used as a community information center. We will produce brochures and pamphlets, and distribute them upon request. We will also provide direct personal assistance acting as consultants for any community, community member, or local school.

We will have education programs not only in Costa Rica, but in the US as well where we will be engaging in rainforest, biodiversity, and sustainable living education programs for schools. Additionally, there could be opportunities for us to give presentations in Nicaragua. There is a possibility of creating exchange and or pen pal projects where information and cultural information could be shared on a regular basis. This may open further opportunities for student exchange programs for students. We will also be working at the university level, providing field experience for researchers, and presenting information to university groups on our projects.

 

Native Species Reforestation

The Rainforest Biodiversity Group is directly working to rehabilitate habitat for the Great Green Macaw, by planting trees that are important food and nest sources. We have planted thousands of trees in northeast Costa Rica. We are continuing to assist local landowners with buying and planting trees on their personal properties. We would like to thank all of the people who have “adopted” trees, which helps purchase these trees, and to those people who helped plant them.

By reforesting degraded farmland with native species we can provide for the needs of wildlife. Our reforestation project will help connect portions of forests, creating corridors of habitat for movement of wildlife and genetic flow. Corridors will ensure healthy populations of local and migrating fauna. By reforesting with native species we want to demonstrate the benefits provided by sustainable native species forestry, that sustains food, shelter and water resources for wildlife, and that protect key ecosystem functions such as pollination, seed dispersal, and erosion control

The Tree Species We Are Planting

 

Past Program Sites