Macaw Recovery Network

Parrot Conservation in Costa Rica

In 2018, the Macaw Recovery Network was founded after nearly a decade of working in parrot conservation in Costa Rica. As their focus shifted from a local to a more range-wide approach, the need for a network became apparent. The Network is professionally staffed by local and international experts and volunteers who work to save and restore parrot populations across the Neo-tropics. Their primary focus is the critically endangered Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguous) who are in desperate need of attention due to their rapid population decline.

The Network’s main offices are in San Jose. The Great Green Macaw field base from where their field team operates is located in the north of the country, in the province of Heredia. On the North-Pacific coast, Punta Islita is home to their breeding center with rescued Scarlet and Great Green Macaws, one of the world’s biggest and most professional breeding programs for conservation purposes. At the same location, they manage the Punta Islita Wild Macaw Reserve which is home to a reintroduced population of Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao). The network also runs a parrot roost-count tour on the Tarcoles River and conjoined Yellow-naped amazon parrot (Amazona oratrix) monitoring with Equipo Tora Carey in El Jobo, Guanacaste.