Avian Ecotourism / Birding Tours
Avian Ecotourism is about empowering and uniting conservation programs and the avian community. Increasing awareness to avian conservation programs by engaging volunteers in the protection of avian species and their natural habitats. Ecotourism provides a meaningful, hands-on educational experience. Volunteer experiences are carefully designed to make sure volunteer time is directed toward important conservation activities.
The ARA Project Volunteer and Apprenticeship Program
Launched in 1982, The Ara Project is dedicated to saving Costa Rica’s parrots who are facing the threat of extinction. Their efforts so far have mostly been towards saving the two native Macaws: the endangered Great- green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) and the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). But with the shocking results following recent studies on the native Yellow-naped Amazon parrot, The Ara Project will soon be expanding its work. All three species have been heavily impacted by human pressures including unsustainable capture for the wild bird trade, hunting and habitat loss, and their populations have been significantly reduced. They are still at risk in the wild and are in urgent need of help.
Working at The Ara Project gives future conservationists and conservation enthusiasts the opportunity to learn about and work closely with some incredibly beautiful and charismatic birds, meet people from all over the world and experience Costa Rican life and culture in a remote area. And, of course, they will be making a difference to the survival of two threatened species of Macaw.
The ARA Project is one of HARIs supported foundations.
Animal Experience International
AEI is a B Corporation with a mission to help animals around the globe by matching clients with animal-related volunteer opportunities at sanctuaries, hospitals and research projects. Through their work as a wildlife veterinarian and as a volunteer coordinator for wildlife rehabilitation centres, co-founders Dr. Heather Reid and Nora Livingstone have come to understand the need for such an organization. People from all walks of life, and from every country are seeking animal-related experiences as volunteers. They are there to make sure volunteers have a safe and rewarding journey.
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Ventures Birding Tours
Ventures Birding Tours is based in Asheville, North Carolina. Tours range from day trips in the Blue Ridge Mountains to birding trips from Ecuador to Bhutan. Groups are small, and the experiences are unique. Birding should be fun!