Save the dates – Oct 7 to 20, 2015. Finally it is all coming together. A country that captured my imagination and interest for many years will be part of our offerings. Bolivia! Through help from my friends at Bird Bolivia, as well as the Birdlife Partner Fundacion Armonia this dream of a trip is now on the books. The plan is to visit three different areas of Bolivia, staying at lodges that have been built to accommodate birders and bring in funds that will help in funding local conservation projects. One lodge benefits the Red-fronted Macaw seen above in Paul Jone’s photo; this is a unique and endemic macaw of Bolivia. The other lodge is Sadiri within Madidi National Park. Foothill forest, so cooler than the lowland Tropical Forest, but close enough that one can drive down the road to see lowland birds too. This is a great, spot to see lots and lots of birds, and in comfort! Finally, we visit the Barba Azul Reserve, the only reserve created strictly for the conservation of the uber rare Blue-throated Macaw (blue beard, or “barba azul”). Here a whole slew of other interesting birds are found from Cock-tailed Tyrants and Streamer-tailed Tyrants, to endemic regional subspecies (future species?), as well as Maned Wolf, Giant Anteaters…wow. But the best thing about this tour is that it is specially created to maximize the dollars going back to conservation projects. As well this is a trip where we stay in few places and try to minimize the travel, although Bolivia is a huge country. Rather than being in a bus all day, we will be at lodges, and venturing out from them to bird. These are awesome areas, with some awesome birds. Join me in Bolivia this October! Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.