The Tambopata Macaw Project research is located in the tropical
lowland rainforest of South America...
in Madre de Dios Department of South-eastern
Peru, also known as Peruvian Amazon...
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.
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.
Tambopata Research Center from a nearby nest
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
Collpa Colorado, near to TRC
Tambopata Research Center, main entrance