Join us for an upcoming birding adventure of a lifetime!
Latin America and the Caribbean have experienced rapid economic growth in recent years; and, global demand for natural resources and a changing climate will bring unprecedented changes to how people in those areas live. If conservation efforts are not well-integrated into the region's development, it will have a devastating effect on the local ecology and will limit the possibility of sustainable economoic growth and improved quality of life for its people. At stake is more than 40 percent of the world's biodiversity, including more than 4,200 species of birds. At least 380 of these bird species are neotropical migrants shared with the United States that spend half or more of their entire lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Audubon has teamed up with partners in Latin America to develop a series of ecotourism trips that are geared towards birders to conserve the habitats that birds need most. Our bird-based tourism work focuses on key areas along the flyways that are important for migratory and resident species alike. Initial sites are located in Belize, Columbia, Guatemala, Paraguay, and the Bahamas, all of which are both bird hotspots and key Important Bird and Biodiverisity Areas (IBAs), where Audubon and their partners are carrying out vital conservation work.
These trips are different from other ecotourism efforts because they are based locally. Audubon experts train local guides in bird identification and ecology, and after a few years of assistance, they leave the guides to run the tours themselves. In this way, birders on these tours directly support local people and communities, help preserve IBAs, and nurture and emerging ecotourism industry. Read more about this project, including the results of the pilot phase, in our Birds Mean Business Report.
Our Next Birding Expedition:
The next trip with the Grange Insurance Audubon Center and Audubon Center Great Lakes is to Guatemala from December 5, 2019 - December 15, 2019.
Guatemala is richly diverse in nature and culture, and a lush and vibrant paradise for birders. Set in the heart of Central America, it is one of the New World's prime migratory corridors. See firsthand many of the species Audubon hopes to protect through its ongoing conservation efforts. Experience National Audubon's Asociacion Vivamos Mejor program based in Panajachel on Lake Atitlan, including a training program for Guatemalas to become birding and nature guides. Under their guidance, you'll explore a variety of habitats, seek out rare and endemic species, and meet with locals who are part of the Audubon bird-tourism intitiative in Santiago Atitlan, a hub of Maya culture. Experience the vast, natural riches while supporting the community and protecting a diverse ecosystem.
If you are interested in coming with us on this adventure of a lifetime, please contact Michael Goldman, Conservation Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org OR check out the trip details and information on the Holbrook Travel website.