It means that we take the best theories, practices, experiments, and research and apply it all to work being done in the field, making concrete and measurable changes to how conservation is done.
We use science to inform projects on the ground, promote rational discourse on tough policy questions, and educate and inspire the next generation of conservationists.
Our research stations in Peru and Bolivia are hubs for research, science and discovery.
Every year they host hundreds of scientist and students from all over the world, conduct biological monitoring, and provide workshops and educational opportunities for local communities. An average of 30 research projects are hosted at our stations each year, covering a wide array of subjects such as amphibians, primates, birds, ants, orchids, butterflies, and climate change.
In addition, we host prestigious universities from all over the world who want to conduct field courses on site, allowing hundreds of students to learn about the Amazon using a hands-on approach.
Our Los Amigos Research Station and Ecolodge in Peru supports an incredible diversity of birds—nearly 600 species representing one-third of the total bird diversity of the country.
As stewards of their habitat, we have a responsibility and opportunity to better understand this bird life, and enhance conservation efforts among birdwatchers, young conservationists and scientists that visit us year after year. To that end, we have launched the Los Amigos Bird Observatory.
The Bird Observatory will leverage this incredible wildlife diversity and the facilities managed by Amazon Conservation in order to spread awareness, build capacity, and enhance conservation efforts among birdwatchers, researchers, students, and conservationists.
For over a decade, we have hosted high-profile researchers from ABERG, the Andes Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Group at our Peruvian research station.
This group of scientists is using the Andes-Amazon gradient where our stations are located as a laboratory for understanding global climate change. Their critical research is helping shape what we know about climate change and how to fight it.
Discovered at or around our research stations by ABERG researcher Caroline Chaboo
Published from research conducted at our research stations
Awarded to date to young biologists to conduct field research
“I was able to discover two beetle species new to science thanks to Amazon Conservation’s scholarship for young scientists. It helped broaden my knowledge of the diversity of beetles as I studied them in the field. I’m excited to leave my mark on the scientific community.”
– Maryzender Rodriguez, Peruvian biologist and Amazon Conservation scholarship recipient
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