Technology is a great ally in the reintroduction of the Macaw in nature. Captive breeding was only possible thanks to studies and technological developments used by the non-governmental organization Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation, from Qatar, and the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP), from Germany. In addition to repatriating the birds, the plan provides for constant monitoring to prevent new environmental crimes.
After staying at the Macaw’s Reintroduction and Reproduction Center, in Curaçá, Bahia, the birds will be monitored remotely. The Ecotourism Secretariat of the Ministry of the Environment (MMA) works in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC) and Telebrás to guarantee internet service, via satellite, throughout the Environmental Preservation Area (APA ) that houses the refuge.
“At first, the internet will enable the species recovery center to be connected to the other partners of the project 24 hours a day”, comments the director of Fomento e Projetos, from the MMA Ecotourism secretariat, Gentil Venâncio.
After being released into the wild, the technology will allow real-time monitoring of birds by radio necklaces, tools that will also help to obtain information about the habits and movements of the species in the caatinga. Monitoring is important precisely to understand, in the long term, the trends of this new group and factors that may impact the survival of the species.