Observatorios de Aves de Costa Rica (CRBO—Costa Rica Bird Observatories) is a nationwide partnership that promotes bird conservation and education in Costa Rica. CRBO works in collaboration with the National Institute of Biodiversity, US Forest Service International Programs, Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory, and KBO.
Through these and a variety of partnerships across the country, CRBO gathers, preserves, and analyzes bird monitoring data and generates tools that enhance and promote bird conservation, serving as a model to be implemented across the Americas. Local efforts are fully integrated with local scientists, NGO’s, decision makers, and schools. CRBO’s operations are some of the longest running in Latin America.
CRBO’s mission is to provide leadership for bird conservation in Costa Rica, through the establishment of successful field efforts that lead to strategic decisions for bird conservation at a regional scale.
Observatorio de Aves de San Pancho (SPBO—San Pancho Bird Observatory) is a non-profit, non-advocacy organization based in San Pancho on the coast of southern Nayarit, Mexico. SPBO is dedicated to bird and habitat conservation in the region and uses an approach to conservation based on the integration of bird population monitoring, education, and ecotourism programs. SPBO partners with the San Pancho Birding Club in many local community and school education programs. The KBO-SPBO partnership was forged when Luis Morales, SPBO’s founder and Director and successful biologist and nature guide, trained with KBO in bird banding techniques and bird observatory management through our international capacity building program. Ongoing collaborations include a Yellow-breasted Chat full life cycle study—a tri-national project with Environment and Climate Change Canada and University of British Columbia.
Observatório de Aves da Mantiqueira (OAMa—Mantiqueira Bird Observatory) was established in 2017 by former interns Luiza Figueira Rodrigues and Pedro Martins. OAMa is a non-profit organization whose goal is to advance scientific knowledge in Brazilian ornithology and promote habitat and bird conservation in the Brazil’s threatened Atlantic Forest. OAMa will take the traditional bird observatory model a step forward by creating a hosting a virtual platform to facilitate connection and communication among researchers and students working on ongoing ornithological studies in the country. They also plan a professional training and regional monitoring programs.
The Trinidad & Tobago Bird Studies Program is comprised of the efforts of three former KBO international interns. Daveka Boodram, Caleb Walker, and Carl Fitzjames, Jr. provide fieldwork and technical support to University of West Indies research studies. They also present nature conservation interpretive programming to local school groups using mist netting and banding demonstrations.