Armonia, the Bolivian birding and conservation organization is trying to save one of the world’s rarest parrots, the Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis). The Blue-throated Macaw is a very rare species, mostly found in isolated pairs in widely dispersed private cattle ranches. The best place to see the species is in Asociacion Armonia’s newly created Barba Azul Nature Reserve which protects the critically important strong hold for the species. Armonia is developing the reserve for tourism. Write to Bird Bolivia regarding a tour to the reserve.
You can help the conservation efforts by donating to Bird Endowment who not only have the beautiful photo above but many others on their page and lots of information about “Saving the Blues”.
George Fenwick, president of American Bird Conservancy wrote in his blog about his very rewarding trip to Barba Azul reserve, very inspirational!
Barba Azul is on my wish list for the future, when I will probably revisit Peru and then travel into Bolivia. It’s pretty easy to get there on miles using Avianca Taca which is a member of the Star Alliance or LAN which is a member of One World Alliance. If you need to get more miles, check out my resource pages.