Recently SEMA, the state environmental agency, asked us if we could do what is called a “hard release” of a blue and gold macaw on the sanctuary property. The macaw had been previously rehabilitated and simply needed to be let go into a protected area where other macaws of the same species lived, since they stay in close groups and mate for life.
Of course, we were happy to help. We have a large population of blue and gold macaws here and they are almost always together in families or groups. As you can see in the video, the bird barely hesitated before soaring out of the crate and into the sanctuary sky.