Comprehensive action plans have been put in place in South America and the United States to save the Cerulean Warbler and the Blue-Throated Macaw, two of our world’s most threatened birds.
Columbian conservation groups Fundacion ProAves and El Grupo Ceruleo have partnered with the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) to develop and publish a conservation plan for the Cerulean Warbler, according to Surfbirds News. The action plan will address the challenging issues involved in the conservation of this unique bird species whose range spans many political and geographic boundaries. The Warbler breeds in the deciduous forests of the eastern United States and Canada in the summer, returning to its non-breeding ground of South America in the winter, explains The Environment News Service. Alarmingly, the Warblers have lost 80 percent of their population due to habitat loss and fragmentation across their geographical range.
The ABC and Fundacion ProAves intend to use economic and ecological tools and incentives to reduce the loss of shade-grown coffee farms, to promote a protected areas network using the warbler as an umbrella species, and to restore and enhance habitats.
The Environment News Service also reports that the Armonia/Loro Parque Fundacion recently purchased over 2,800 acres of savanna and rainforest in the Beni Savannas, in an attempt to save the Blue-throated Macaw. Now that the land is saved, conservation activities such as using nest boxes, conducting habitat research requirements, and starting up ecotourism, will be done.
Meanwhile, back in the US, Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Initiative aims to protect neo-tropical migratory birds in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Vermont through integrating science, education and public policy to conserve habitats. According to National Geographic’s Global Action Atlas, the Forest Bird Initiative identifies, monitors and stewards a network of important bird areas (IBA) which support a significant number of breeding forest birds to maintain viable populations of endangered bird species. After all, it is the responsibility of human beings to ensure that the Cerulean warbler and other species fly home safely.