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The Tambopata Macaw Project research is located in the tropical lowland rainforest of South America...

Location of study site in South America

in Madre de Dios Department of South-eastern Peru, also known as Peruvian Amazon...

The Tambopata Research Center in South-eastern Peru

at the riverside of the Tambopata River, about 100 km from Puerto Maldonado (the capital of Madre de Dios Department), 8 hours boat ride from the town upriver.

TRC at the Tambopata River in Madre de Dios Region

Research is based in the Tambopata Research Center (TRC) of the Rainforest Expeditions. The lodge has limited electricity from generators, limited internet access (for occasional use only), radio communication with town, well equipped kitchen, hand-wash laundry facility, bar and boutique.

© George Olah

Tambopata Research Center from a nearby nest

Volunteers at TRC will be participating in a long term monitoring of macaw and parrot biology which has been ongoing since 1999. As part of this project, volunteers will record the numbers of birds using the clay lick and the numbers of parrots in the forests. Volunteers with interest in tropical botany will help evaluate the fruiting and flowering of the forest trees, as a measure of food availability for the macaws and parrots. During the breeding season, assistants will climb trees to help monitor the reproductive success of Scarlet and Red-and-green Macaws. These data sets will be used to help us understand how fluctuations in clay lick use are related to nesting, food supply, and bird abundance both seasonally and annually. Researcher assistants will also be asked to aid in other tasks such as data entry and data collection for new research projects on bird behavior, tourism impacts, etc.

Macaws at the Colorado clay-lick

Collpa Colorado, near to TRC

© George Olah

Tambopata Research Center, main entrance