The Brightsmith Lab has created The Macaw Society (previously known as the Tambopata Macaw Project). It is a long-term research study of the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru. Dr. Donald J. Brightsmith of the Schubot Center for Avian Health at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) directs the project.
Our group has been working with wildlife and local communities since 1989. A long history of dedicated research and monitoring has provided many insights into various aspects of the natural history of the parrots and other wildlife of southeastern Peru.
We are always looking to collaborate with anyone with a passion for conservation and biology. We have supported many national and international students and look forward to hearing from you should you wish to participate in our project or conduct your studies with our support.
Tambopata is a unique forest environment, with the highest concentrations of avian clay licks in the world. A range of animals come to satisfy their need for salt along the riverbanks of the region. The experience of hundreds of macaws at a clay lick is one of the world’s ornithological highlights.
The Tambopata region faces an imminent threat from the paving of a highway through one of the planet’s most biodiverse regions. We need all the help and assistance we can get to try and understand what the impacts may be for one of the forest’s major icons.
This site has been designed to describe the research being undertaken, to provide public access to reports and publications about our macaw research, and for anyone who is interested in the project and is considering taking part.