Sharing birding help to environmental education and conservation en

Peru and Bolivia

Birding In Action

 

Presented by Jacamar Club in partner with Vortex Optics

Birding In Action is the citizen science program that involve many event and activities focused on education and birding practices, as a preliminary step to environmental education for ecotourism and conservation.

Through the Jacamar Club, the team organizes educational birding trips, lectures, courses and classes. the EBIRD data collection of the birds is involve. This educational practices are focus on the ecology and natural history of birds. These activities have created a value and interest in a community of young students from schools, institutes, universities and privates,  who are learning constantly and concentrating on the birds, wildlife, conservation and environment issues.
Lack of motivation and effort in developing nature education has made the country of Peru with serious problems and lacking an awareness for protection and care of natural resources. This lack of awareness is reflected in the commonality of deforestation, uncontrolled agriculture, pollution of water resources by gold mining and mercury, misuse of organic and non-organic waste (storage and recycling of waste does not exist). This demonstrates a lack of forethought and misunderstanding of the environment and natural resources. Jacamar Club and its responsible programs hopes to install a desire in the youth to respect nature and their natural resources, as well as inspire them as leaders to share with others to protect the natural environment.

 

Work Sites

In the country of Perú, Where participants get to experience birding and natural history classes at first hand

1.- In San Ramon - Departament of Junin

2.- In Villa Salvacion - Departament of Madre de Dios 

3.- In Puerto Maldonado - Departament of Madre de Dios

4.- In Iberia - Departament of Madre de Dios

5.- In Pilcopata - Departament of Cusco

 

Locals Needs
Peru is a country which is increasing in environmental issues, thus the growing generation deserves to be informed and involved in actions. The birding activities are aimed to school students, colleges, universities but all of the public are welcomed. Learning birding and natural history unquestionably makes a difference.

 

Goals

1 - Inspire the youth of the country of Peru to become dedicated to ecotourism economy, to the conservation and protection of natural resources.
2 – Help the community to understand the value of birds diversity.
3 - Strengthen the practice of birding.
4 - Build a community of bird watchers in Madre de Dios where there is not and never has been one.

5 - Promote the sustainable use of natural habitats.

6 - Work in alliance with local governments to created city parks and birding sanctuaries.

 

The Activities
Birding in Action (BIA) , includes the following activities :

1 – Bird Walks and Excursions: Teach participants different local birds, their differences, songs, habits and calls, as well as explain the dynamics of habitats. Ecology and conservation models examples will be used as the education base during the walks. Every group of participant is accompanied by a leader or expert bird guide and an assistant. Each participant will experience the correct use of telescopes, binoculars and bird guide books, then by practicing and learning the techniques to find the birds will also learn behaviors.

2 - Bird Lectures and Interpretative Classes: Through slideshow viewings participants will reinforce the information of birds and their natural history gained through the morning bird walks. As the talks reach several levels from general topics of birding, to common birds of Puerto Maldonado, followed by birds in their different habitats and bird behaviors and specialists (symbiotic relationship),  and then ending with birds and their use in ecotourism. The dynamics of questions and answers is crucial and the students will be able to ask questions throughout the day but a special time at the end will be set aside for any questions left unanswered earlier.

3 - Ebird Data collection: Here we can definitely say that the activity of bird watching is fun and a good element for environmental education. It should be noted, education without data collection is futile like painting in the rain. Data collection and lists of registered birds contributes to important issues for science such as learning new migratory routes or when a bird is discovered in a new location. Therefore it is important that each activity, each field trip, or even during an unplanned trip to collect data. This data that is collected by the birders and shared with Ebird.com, researchers and experts demonstrates that many of these birds are rare to the area, or are migrants, perhaps the birds are new settlers, and are not common. All of this data is required information that is analyzed by the Peruvian Bird Records Committee (PBRC), ornithological groups, and sometimes university researchers.

 

Team and Collaborator

Richard Amable - Director & Instructor
Ana Amable - Administration & Logistics

Renzo Zeppilli - Captain Instructor

Barry Walker - Senior Instructor

Leonardo Gonzales - Leader Instructor

Joelson Toledo - Leader Instructor

Silverio Duri - Leader Instructor

George Davila - Leader Instructor

David Mendez - Films & Photograph

Jesus Alferez - Instructor Assistant

Alvaro Joyce - Instructor Assistant

Katherine Torres - Collaborator
Francisco Houven - Collaborator
Carlos Huamani – Collaborator

William Ferrufino - Collaborator

Luis Covenhas - Collaborator

Alexis Aguillar Collaborator
Fernando Perez - Collaborator

Jerry Swift - Collaborator

Tomas Jonhson - Collaborator

Oliviero Amable - Collaborator

Erick Arguedas - Collaborator 

How We Do It (Financing)
Jacamar Club currently have various equipment donated by many organizations and individuals. All equipment is for use in the field, further Jacamar Club local company finances its own sustainability programs at same time is supported by Birder's Exchange from the American Birding Association, Votex Optcis and many others.

Equipment Paid By JACAMAR CLUB
- One Apple IPOD with an extensive bird audio library
- One mini speaker amplifier-speaker RADIOSHACK
- One multimedia projector HP
- Two Radios communicators ICOM IC-T3H
- One box of brand protection against moisture PELICAN CASE

- One 20x60x80 TSN-773 Kowa Spotting Scope

- One Manfrotto Tripods.


Donated equipment by Emmalee Tarry and Birders' Exchange (2006)
- One Tripod (Wellbon)
- Two telescopes (Nikon and Kowa)
- Two Binoculars (Leica)
- Two guides to the Birds of Peru.
- One Guide to the Parrots of the World.
- One guide to the mammals of neo-tropics.
- One Book "the neo-tropical companion".

Donated equipment by Shamus M. Terry from Vortex Optics (2017 and 2018) 

- Ten binoculars Vortex 8x42 

- Two 20x60x80 Razor Spotting Scopes

- Two Pro-GT Vortex Tripods

- Fifteenth field Vortex hats.

 

Donated equipment by Brandon Beach from Home Depot US (2017 and 2018)

- Duck Tapes

- Husky Tool Boxes

Donated equipment by Thomas Johnson  (2018)

- Aluminum tripod.

Required Gears for this educational program 
- Telescopes

- Tripods
- Binoculars

- Accessories for lens cleaning

- Backpacks
- Field Guide to the Birds of Peru or Other Wildlife Literature related to the tropics.

 

WHERE WE ARE NOW DAYS

The department of Madre de Dios in Peru, is a region with extraordinary biodiversity of flora and fauna, an example is the 1800 species of butterflies recorded, that makes it the world record holder for highest number of butterfly species. Peru has an average 1850 species of birds, making it the second highest country in the world. Southeastern Peru in the department of Madre de Dios has registered approximately 700 species of birds, as well as unique habitat features for parrots and macaws in the clay licks surrounded with intact habitats. There are still unexplored rainforest areas which is positive for conservation provides an opportunity to develop sustainable activities such bird watching.

This current generation deserves to be trained and motivated with the new economical alternatives such ecotourism which is well acknowledged as a key of conservation.

 

In the recent years Jacamar Club and and the "Birding In Action" program has focused and specialized in birding and ecotourism, and has developed innovative bird watching activities involving hundreds of participants, including many nature guides, students and non-students, immersing them in conservation and ecology topics. Since 2004 to 2020 we have provide over 130 bird walks, 45 bird talks and lectures, 13 interpretative birding classes and over 220 update check lists have been collected from different sites and localities. Nowadays there are currently groups of naturalists and birding guides working in ecotourism who have trained with Jacamar Club. The goal is to reach groups and create more dedicated naturalists in the region of Madre de Dios, Cusco and in the whole Peru and eventually in Bolivia.