Since 1999 the project has produced many new publications on a variety of topics and expanded to include studies of parrot biology and clay licks throughout southeastern Peru. Working as a mentor and consultant, I have taken the information learned in southeastern Peru and applied it in many areas of the American tropics and even Indonesia. A major goal of the study now is to provide opportunities for young scientists to run satellite projects under the macaw project umbrella, so that Peru and other parts of Latin America will have a cadre of trained scientists willing and able to tackle the conservation and research problems in the coming decades.
The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru under the direction of Dr. Donald Brightsmith of the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center at Texas A&M University.
The Tambopata Macaw Project has been working with wildlife and local communities since 1989. A long history of dedicated research and monitoring has provided many insights into various aspects of parrot and wildlife of south eastern Peru. We are always looking to collaborate with anyone with a passion for conservation and biology. We have supported many national and international students and look forward to hearing from you should you wish to participate in our project or conduct your studies with our support.
Tambopata is a unique forest environment, with the highest concentrations of avian clay licks in the world. A range of animals come to satisfy their need for salt along the river banks of the region. The experience of hundreds of macaws at a claylick is one of the world's ornithological highlights. The Tambopata faces imminent threat from the paving of a highway through one of the planet's most biodiverse regions. We need all the help and assistance we can get to try and understand what the impacts may be for one of the forests major icons.