Go birding with Audubon-trained guides to conserve important bird habitat and support local communities.
Photo: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
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, Colombia, Guatemala, Paraguay, and the Bahamas, all of which are both bird hotspots and key Important Bird and Biodiversity 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 an emerging ecotourism industry. Read more about this project, including the results of the pilot phase, in our Birds Mean Business report.
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