West Coast Efforts
Finally, Mark travelled to the western coast of Costa Rica, where efforts to save endangered macaws are also ongoing at a wildlife conservation sanctuary called El Manantial, located in Aranjuez de Puntarenas.
El Manantial works with some of the most endangered native birds of Costa Rica, focusing on the rarest species and the most fragile habitats, such as Great Green Macaws and Scarlet Macaws.
“At El Manantial, I got an incredible feeling of nature as I stood watching about 40 Scarlet Macaws flying around freely,” said Mark
“The centre provides supplementary feeding stations to wild macaws. It has had a positive effect on the local Scarlet population, which remains close to the feeding stations, creating a higher density of pairs in the immediate area than you would normally find in the forest.”
“Reports from local people indicate that Scarlet Macaws have come back into the area.”
“The main source of revenue here comes from tourists who come in on buses from cruise ships. But there is always a need for donations, and we were happy to make one to help support El Manantial’s excellent work.”
“With your generous contribution, we have begun constructing a new enclosure that is 10 times bigger than the original one. It will provide a more suitable and comfortable habitat for a colony of little parakeets (aratinga canicularis),” said Rodolfo Orozco Vega, Director of El Manantial.
“All in all, I was inspired by what I saw and felt optimistic that the Great Green Macaw, as well as the Scarlet Macaw, will both soar again in large numbers in the Costa Rican sky.”
"Our Hagen Family donations both in parrot food and money to conservation projects such as these here in Costa Rica are a very meaningful part of my life,” concluded Mark.
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