Macaw Landing Foundation

Jack V.Devine, founder and president

The Macaw Landing Foundation (MLF) Inc. was incorporated in April of 1992 as a 501(c)-3) non-profit organization.

‘We are registered with the IRS and the Department of Justice., State of Oregon. The foundation is operated solely by volunteers, which happily allows us to spend all the donated money entirely on Macaws. (Projects Funded) The foundation is dedicated to the preservation of Macaws. We, as a conservation organization, promote and apply scientifically based information from the field to the propagation of endangered Macaws, to wildlife management, and to environmental education, while building public awareness and supporting other organizations that work to preserve Macaws in the wild.’

The primary projects to which we have contributed are: (a) The World Parrot Trust, palms for the endangered Lear’s Macaw; (b) Wildlife Conservation Society macaw projects; (c) International Aviculture Society, avian medical research; (d) UC Davis Psittacine Research Project; (e) Selva Sur ecotourism conservation projects in Peru; (f) documentary on rainforest conservation by the film-maker who produced ‘Spirt of the Rainforest’; (g) CEDIA Center for the development of the Amazonian Indian; (h) Bio Brazil and (i) Eco Bolivia, for the protection of prime macaw habitat.


  1. $241,000 to Conservation Association for the Southern Rainforest of Peru (“Selva Sur”) This grant was used to pay basic salaries of the Selva Sur professional staff and the rent and office maintenance of the organization. The organization has a modest staff and office in Cusco, Peru. Parts of the grant also were used to pay the salaries of nature wardens working at three different field stations of this conservation group. These stations are the Cloud Forest Biological Station in the forests adjacent to Manu National Park and in the lowland forest sites known as Sandoval Lake and Pampas del Heath Macaw Lick.
  2. $5,000 to Inkanatura Association for conservation training workshops for rainforest residents in the greater Tambopata and Lower Urubamba areas of the Amazon forests of SE Peru.
  3. $55,000 to BioBrazil Foundation to pay salaries and field expenses for nature wardens working at the Hyacinth Macaw conservation project site and searching for new populations or feeding sites of the critically-endangered Lear’s Macaw of NE Brazil.
  4. $4,000 to the Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Project These funds paid for the salaries and field expenses of the field guard, who is named Mr. Fellman Cuellar and the project coordinator, Mr. Ayala. These species of macaw are critically endangered and is in dire need of the permanent patrolling and protection provided by this project.
  5. $33,000 to Eco Bolivia Foundation, for the purchase of the land rights of a 20,000-acre plot of primary lowland rainforest and open forest on the Bolivian side of the Heath River in the remote NW corner of the Bolivian lowlands. This site was under the control of a Brazil nut collector named Mr. Rodrigo until this grant made it possible for the nonprofit Eco Bolivia Foundation to acquire his land rights and thus start protecting this entire area. The area is full of macaws.
  6. $34,000 to InkaNatura Association. This grant allowed the nonprofit nature conservation group “InkaNatura Association” (which in late 1998 was renamed “Peru Verde Association”) to make further downpayments on shares of a company that has a claim to a 30,000-acre plot of primary rainforest in Peru–rainforest that is full of macaws. Part of the grant also was used to cover some basic office expenses and staff salaries of the former “InkaNatura Association” (now “Peru Verde”). This group is very active in protection projects for macaw-rich rainforest regions in Peru and, on occasion, in adjacent Bolivia.
  7. Funding of BioBrasil’s Hyacinth Cliffs project has ensured the effective protection of macaw habitat and has launched a project that can and should be replicated in other areas hosting the largest of the world’s great macaws. The BioBrasil Foundation has identified specific areas available for purchase and seeks to expand its base of operations in order to attract visitors from both within and outside Brazil to witness the fabulous endemic fauna with the backdrop of simply breathtaking red mesa scenery. This pioneering effort of incorporating the local population in an integrated conservation program for the dry forest is cutting-edge and an excellent model for biodiversity conservation. $66,526.00
  8. CEDIA land-titling efforts in the Lower Urubamba enlarged or established land titles for eight native communities. Collectively, the new areas protected total 189,750 acres. $20,000
  9. Friends of the peruvian Rainforest $5,000

As a professional conservation biologist who has frequent chances to supervise directly the work carried out by each of the grantee organizations and projects, I can assure you that the grants are well spent and are making great progress in helping conserve wild macaws in Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil.

Dr. Charles Munn


PO BOX 17364



Macaw Landing Wildlife Refuge is involved in a variety of conservation projects, along with reintroduction projects. Once the birds become healthy enough to be re-released into the wild, their reintroduction is orchestrated. The only project that has been put on hold — is the Bolivian project. Devine had spent a year in negotiations with the Bolivian government when a group [he did not wish to identify these people] stopped this project in a court of law, for now. Wow. Can you believe these jerks? Devine has other projects where he has been able to reintroduce macaws, he mentioned Costa Rica as an example. On their 30-acre farm the conservationists offer supplemental food to some of the repatriated birds along with existing wild birds because of the drastic loss of habit.


March 2000,

“Plan to Introduce Pet Macaws to Bolivian Rainforest Questioned An new initiative to repatriate pet macaws from the U.S. to an area of rain-forest close to La Paz, Bolivia is raising concerns within the bird conservation community. The project aims to establish an ecotourism lodge for visitors who wish to see the parrots flying free in the forest. The Macaw Landing Foundation, which is conducting the project in cooperation with the Bolivian government, plans to build a large aviary, which will help acclimatize the birds prior to their release. The macaws will be provided with supplemental food and one member of each pair will have its wings clipped to ensure they remain close by, at least while the flight feathers re-grow over a period of six months. The reintroduced birds will apparently include four hybrids, as well as globally endangered Blue-throated Macaws which naturally inhabit palm groves in grassland areas, rather than rainforest. The initiative is being questioned by a number of conservation groups including American Bird Conservancy and the Bolivian Fundacion Armonia because pet birds are not likely to adapt to the wild and would be at risk from predation. Contact: Alan Hesse, Armonia, <>.”


Friends of the Peruvian Rainforest

Funds projects relating to the Amazonian rainforests of Southeast Peru to establish, maintaining and managing forest reserves. This association does not accept unsolicited proposals. People working in this area and interested in establishing Peruvian rainforest reserves should contact Dr. Charles A. Munn, III; 668 Public Ledger Building; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106


Travelers Conservation Trust

Since our founding in 1986, we believe travel to remote, unspoiled areas carries a responsibility to assist and encourage conservation and community development at a local level worldwide. Your Wildland Adventure to Peru helps finance conservation and community development programs in the Amazon through our contributions to the Friends of the Peruvian Rainforest. With your support we have contributed over $10,000 to support the Center for Development of the Amazon Indian [CEDIA]. Friends of the Peruvian Rainforest works through CEDIA to integrate community-based conservation with rural development by empowering local people to benefit financially from their indigenous knowledge while simultaneously protecting large tracts of rain forest and wildlife.

I am extremely impressed by the very generous donations that your company has generated for The Friends of the Peruvian Rain Forest. Keep up the superb job. Your donations go straight into the field in Peru.”

~ Charles Munn, Ph.D.

Amazon Conservation Zoologist

Very active in financing Munn’s projects until 2004, when an ‘accident’ related to Amigos de las Aves (Costa Rica) must have happened. On there was this note until the end of 2009, website has changed now:

NB: Amigos de las Aves USA, AdlAUSA, Janice Boyd and Greg Matuzak, have not been associated in any way with Amigos de las Aves in Costa Rica, nor with their release projects in Tiskita, Curu or elsewhere, since April and February 2004 respectively. They are not authorised to work on our project, or with the birds within any Amigos de las Aves release program.

Amigos de las Aves and the official Release Programs of Amigos de las Aves in Costa Rica, and are not affiliated or associated with any other company, organisation or association, by name or in any other country.

From 2004 there are no records in Forms 990 of Macaw Landing Foundation financing any organization related to Tropical Nature.

On the last page of Form 990 2003 there is a curious annotation:

In 2003 CPI da Biopirateria investigated on Biobrasil.

Appendix 5 (Form 990 MLF 2002-2008):










Macaw Landing Foundation Inc (

NCCS Organization Profile – Macaw Landing Foundation Inc


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