Video: Alternative feathers save Macaws!


Meet Jesus Chávez Barrios, he is native of the Beni Department, and is one of Armonía’s best educators. Jesus works with Moxeño-Trinitario youth to save Macaws in Beni by promoting the use of alternative feathers to build the famous Machetero headdresses, which is a traditional indigenous dance of Beni.  …

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Six thousand macaws saved by Armonía’s alternative feather program


Armonía’s educational program empowers the Moxeño native communities to protect the Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaws by promoting the use of alternative feathers for the traditional Moxeño headdresses used in the machetero ritual dances. Since 2010, Armonía and Moxeño communities have saved over 6000 Macaw individuals of four macaw species and…

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Buffies are back at Barba Azul Nature Reserve

Tryngites subruficollis Barba Azul Nature Reserve Daniel Alarcon (10)

Just as if they knew that today we celebrate World Shorebirds Day, the Buff-breasted Sandpipers are back at Armonia’s Barba Azul Nature Reserve, the only Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) site in Bolivia. During their fall migration, the Buff-breasted Sandpipers travel more than 1,300 miles over the Amazon rainforest to forage…

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Critically Endangered macaw chicks fly the nest boxes

Blue-throated Macaw chicks in their nest box

Last year, we celebrated as 10 Blue-throated Macaw chicks safely hatched and fledged from our artificial nest boxes.   This is fantastic news for a Critically Endangered species that is being driven to the edge of extinction. One of the main factors halting the recuperation of this species has been the lack…

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Nest boxes: a lifeline for Blue-throated Macaws


How do you entice a Critically Endangered species to breed in the safety of a nature reserve to ensure its survival?   The Barba Azul Nature Reserve in the Beni savana of northern Bolivia is the world’s first protected area for the Blue-throated Macaw, whose population is estimated at just…

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