New reserve protects critical nesting area for rare parrot in Bolivia16/08/2012 13:00:03 Tucuman parrot protection
August 2012. The rare Tucuman Parrot will benefit from protections afforded by a new reserve established by Asociación Armonía in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The 44-acre Tucuman Parrot Reserve protects the largest Podocarpus conifer trees in the area, which are critically important as nesting sites for the parrot. The new reserve is adjacent to the Quirusillas Municipal Reserve, effectively extending the area under protection.
Armonía has been working with the Quirusillas community since 2010 to raise awareness of the plight of the Tucuman Parrot and provide alternatives to logging that are consistent with sustaining and restoring local ecosystems. These activities include educational programs in local schools, developing honey production businesses, and working with women to develop handicrafts and increase their participation in community decision-making.
To prevent the extinction of the Tucuman Parrot in this region
Habitat loss and pet trade
The parrot nestlings' diet is composed almost entirely of the cones and seeds of a local conifer, called "pino de cerro" (Podocarpus parlatorei), which is becoming scarce at a global level because of logging. Currently, a local sawmill is attempting to gain logging rights to areas in the vicinity of the new reserve. If they succeed, this reserve will be the last nesting location of this threatened bird in this region.
The creation of the reserve was made possible with the help of the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's Tropical Forest Forever Fund, the Conservation Leadership Programme, The Whitley Awards Foundation, and Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation. The work of Paula Montenegro and Raul Rojas was also instrumental in making this new reserve possible.
Asociación Armonía is American Bird Conservancy's International Network Partner in Bolivia. ABC has supported Armonía at their three other reserves in Bolivia, including the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, Red-fronted Macaw Reserve, and Palkachupa Cotinga Reserve. Birders interested in seeing the Tucuman Parrot could combine a visit to the new reserve with a stay at the Red-fronted Macaw Reserve.