The foundation has supported education in the past by lectures to civic organizations and bird clubs as well as by articles published in scientific and lay magazines and will continue to use these avenues in the future.
This web site is to be another means for public education. As time goes on, we expect to add copies of important articles on Hyacinth Macaws, other macaws, other parrots and other threatened birds. We will use this site as an electronic magazine to publish more of our work and the work of others.
Members of our board of directors (principally Dr. Clark, our founder and president) have conducted field research for almost 20 years and continuing to do this important work. We hope that this web site will stimulate public (tax-deductible) financial support to increase this work. As funds permit, we also hope to donate towards other worthy research in this area.
Members of the board of directors have more than 50-years of experience in captive breeding psittacine birds. Dr. Clark has Hyacinth Macaws, Golden Parakeets and Blue-throated Macaws in breeding programs. Stephen Clark has several species of parrots and soft-bills set up to breed.
We hope to use future donations to expand breeding operations under the umbrella of the foundation. Offspring will either be sold to other breeders to support the foundation or retained for breeding.
Captive breeding is also a means of research, which adds to the scientific information about these wonderful creatures.
Eco-tourism helps threatened birds, other animals and the environment in several ways. It is a wonderful way to educate interested people about these animals. It is an effective means of protecting these animals from persecution by native populations. When they see the economic benefit of having these beautiful birds around, they stop killing them for food and feathers. For this reason all Eco-tourism projects must involve, educate and profit the local indigenous peoples.
Members of the board of directors have engaged in numerous Eco-tourism adventures as participants and as leaders. All of these were marvelous experiences. We can recommend VENT (VentBirds.com) and Field Guides, Inc. (FieldGuides.com) as excellent Eco-tourism operators.
Having led tours to Brazil's Pantanal on four occasions, we hope to repeat this in the future. A portion of your fee should be tax-deductible, as it will go to support the foundation. We anticipate the fee for future five-day tours to be $2,000 from Campo Grande, Matto Grosso du Sul, Brazil. We have seen up to 200 species of birds including 5 species of macaws on these tours (Hyacinth Macaws have been seen in substantial numbers every day on every tour). Other interesting animals such as giant anteaters, capybara, caimen, giant otters and others have also been seen. Contact us if you would like our brochure and/or summary of the last tour.
List of Birds & Mammals Seen Pantanal 1996
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