Amazon Conservation Association

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The Amazon Conservation Association

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is active in Peru and Bolivia. Our directors and staff are experienced ecologists and conservationists. We work to protect biodiversity by studying ecosystems and developing innovative conservation tools to protect land in the region while supporting the livelihoods of local communities.

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Global Big Day Results: Breaking Records and Finding New Species!

By | June 29th, 2018|Birds & Wildlife, Los Amigos Birding Lodge, News|

Global Big Day took place earlier in May, and our teams of expert local and international birders took full advantage of our three lodges to find a whopping number of birds in a single day. This year we had a fantastic team representing us, including Fernando Angulo, researcher at Peru's Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity (CORBIDI) and Advisory member for the Los Amigos Bird Observatory;  Alex Wiebe, Johnathan Franzen Fellow and student at Cornell University; [...]

Global Big Day is just around the corner! Let’s break a record!

By | April 30th, 2018|Birds & Wildlife, Los Amigos Birding Lodge, News, Villa Carmen Birding Lodge, Wayqecha Birding Lodge|

Global Big Day is May 5, and our teams of birders are ready to break records at our lodges in Peru! Besides being birding’s biggest day worldwide, for us, it represents a unique opportunity to raise awareness about the astounding bird diversity found in Peru and at our birding lodges, and the importance of their conservation. We'll be live tweeting our finds throughout the day and on May 6th we'll have [...]

Jonathan Franzen Fellows selected to begin avian research

By | February 8th, 2018|News|

Last year, we began the search for the most talented and passionate students and/or professionals that have found their greatest inspiration and reason to protect the Amazon rainforest to be birds. The Franzen Fellowship was created as part of our Los Amigos Bird Observatory program to increase current efforts in avian research and conservation, as well as to train the next generation of ornithologists. After a competitive and arduous selection process, the [...]

Andean Amazon from top to bottom: 9 days, 11,000 feet, and 468 birds

By | February 8th, 2018|News|

Sunrise on a steamy tropical palm swamp; the daily ritual at a salt-rich clay lick; and scores of amazing birds that you have only seen in a field guide, inspiring the mantra, “I must see that bird!” The Amazon Conservation birding circuit offers these and myriad other nature experiences that inspire a lifetime of amazing memories. In late October 2017, the nonprofit hosted our crew of three professional naturalists for [...]

2018 is the Year of the Bird!

By | February 8th, 2018|News|

Our board member Tom Lovejoy, the renowned biologist and "godfather" of biodiversity, once said "If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world." 2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and [...]

Make your New Year’s resolution to travel more come true: Visit the best birding lodges in Peru!

By | February 7th, 2018|News|

If one of the things you want to accomplish in 2018 is to travel, take this chance to make your plans to visit Peru! As one of the world's 10 megadiverse countries, including over 1,800 bird species, with hundreds of endemic plants and animals, with rich cultural destinations such as Machu Picchu, and its delectable cuisine, Peru is not to be missed! What are you waiting for?

Peru ranks high (again) in Global Big Day 2017

By | August 16th, 2017|News|

Once again, Peruvian bird-watching teams (including our own) placed very well during the 2017 Global Big Day that took place on May 13, observing the second-highest number of birds in the world, with 1,338 total species overall. This was just shy of Colombia’s 1,486 bird species but still beat last year’s Peru record of 1,177. A remarkable 2,797 species were seen throughout South America with Ecuador and Brazil also strong [...]

A sneak peek at our Los Amigos Birding Lodge

By | August 16th, 2017|Birds & Wildlife, Communications/PR, Conservation, Events, Lodging, Los Amigos Birding Lodge, News|

In the 2015 Global Big Day, Los Amigos Birding Lodge registered the fifth highest number of bird species in the world (308) – and with good reason.  Not only do we have sharp-eyed bird guides stationed there, but Los Amigos is adjacent to the Los Amigos Conservation Concession and just east of world-famous Manu National Park, which means it is surrounded by millions of acres of protected wilderness. The landscape is a mosaic of [...]

Amazon Conservation hosts course on neotropical birds

By | December 6th, 2016|Birds & Wildlife, Conservation, Los Amigos Birding Lodge, News, Research|

Amazon Conservation held its second course on ecology, taxonomy and conservation of neotropical birds at our Los Amigos Biological Station in Peru earlier in September. The course was held for Peruvians in conjunction with, the Arequipa Museum of Natural History (MUSA) and the Center for Ornithology and Biodiversity (CORBIDI). The purpose of bringing together these organizations was to continue our goal of training the next generation of Peruvian ornithologists to grow bird conservation and awareness [...]

Get to know our bird guide extraordinaire: Q&A with Percy Avendaño

By | December 3rd, 2016|News|

When you’re in the middle of the Amazon rainforest it’s essential to count on a trusted guide to help you see all the hidden treasures that you might be missing. Meet Percy Avendaño, our staff naturalist and birding guide. He has experience guiding expert-level birders and casual naturalists alike, and our visitors rave about his knowledge of birds and nature, his friendliness and resourcefulness.Percy is also a Top eBirder, ranking second in the world [...]