Successful firefighting at Barba Azul Nature Reserve

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

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

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

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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