Red-fronted Macaw Fundraising Campaign: SUCCESS!

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  Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we raised 20,000 USD to build a deep-well and a tree nursery to help locals at the drought-stricken Red-fronted Macaw Community Nature Reserve. We are thrilled to announce that with the help of our generous supporters we reached our goal of…

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Bird of the Month February: Bolivian Blackbird

February   Bolivian Blackbird Scientific name: Oreopsar bolivianus Spanish name: Tordo Boliviano Status: Least Concern (IUCN red list of endangered species) Habitat and behaviour: Habitat and behavior: Fairly common in dry scrub, open river-edge woodlands and agricultural fields, in the inter Andean dry valleys of central Bolivia. It can also be…

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Polylepis forests: saving a biodiversity hotspot of the tropical Andes

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Polylepis forest once covered the slopes of the tropical Andes from Venezuela to Argentina, today the distribution of the slow-growing tree is very fragmented. In Bolivia less than 10% of the original forests survive.   Scattered and diminishing Polylepis woodlands are important hotspots for biodiversity conservation in the Tropical Andes.…

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Video: Alternative feathers save Macaws!

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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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Successful firefighting at Barba Azul Nature Reserve

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In the heart of the 2016 dry season, thousands of man-made fires started daily in the Beni Department of Bolivia as ranchers burn their grasslands to improve pasture for their livestock. These fires pose a direct threat to the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, where the Barba Azul field team, firemen,…

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Six thousand macaws saved by Armonía’s alternative feather program

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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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