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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Ecotourism in Bolivia supporting indigenous communities

How the protection of an endangered macaw is empowering Quechua indigenous people in the Andean valleys of central Bolivia.   Tourism numbers to the Red-fronted Macaw Reserve have more than quadrupled from 2011 to 2015, bringing in much needed money to the poor and marginalized communities who manage this ecotourism…

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First field guide to the birds of Bolivia: coming soon


The Birds of Bolivia Field Guide is only a few months from publication. Discover how it will help save Bolivia’s threatened wildlife, while empowering local people…   Bolivia is the sixth richest nation in the world for bird diversity, yet lacks a field guide and a comprehensive inventory of its…

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Photos: Barba Azul Nature Reserve

Howler monkey in Barba Azul Nature Reserve, Bolivia

Discover the wildlife of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, where the Beni savanna meets the foot of the Amazon   The Barba Azul Nature Reserve in northern Bolivia is the world’s first protected area for the charismatic Blue-throated Macaw, a Critically Endangered species that is found nowhere else on Earth.…

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Video: Why are savannas important?


Explore the beauty of the Barba Azul Nature Reserve and the importance of this Beni savanna habitat in northern Bolivia   Tropical savannas cover a third of the world’s land surface but are the least protected habitat. But why are savannas important? The Beni savanna in northern Bolivia is the…

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