In last week’s post, Colombian bird conservation NGO – ProAves – did not come out in good light, and even if that critique was justified, one should not forget some of the very impressive work that is being done at the ProAves reserves. One of my favorite projects is that called Women for Conservation. It is a program that has been running since 2004, and has become very important as an income for women in the perifers of the reserves.
When I was visiting ProAves El Dorado reserve on the slope of Sierra Nevada National Park, there was a meeting between ProAves, ABC and the women from Bellavista community half way down the road.
These are the reserves where women are involved in the handicrafts porgrams.
The handicrafts made of renewable resourses such as tagua nut, wood and coco-nut shells, can be bought at the ProAves lodges, at various birding festivals and trade shows, and also in the UK online at Amparo Crafts.
Note the Toucan Barbet!
Buy some for your wife, huh?
Top photo; White-tailed Starfrontlet – at El Dorado, Santa Marta by Gunnar Engblom
Rich Hoyer: San Cristobal Mockingbird – A Single Island Endemic.: As I promised, here is just one last post from my WINGS tour this past November – our tour’s extensi
Kenn Kaufman: SparrowTime: I am blessed to live in a major migration hotspot. Northwestern Ohio, USA, has fabulous concentratio
Category:Birding North America
Rebecca Nason: ‘The Glorious Twelfth’ Hot Bird Pursuits in 2010: The ‘Glorious Twelfth’ for me refers to the 12 British ‘ticks’ I saw during 2010! I am only now star
Category:Birding Western Palearctic
Gunnar:Is the credibility of ProAves and ABC damaged?: Unethical behavior I have tried in a previous post to neutrally account for the sequence of events i
Gunnar:Book review: Birds of Colombia – ProAves guide: Field guide to the birds of Colombia Below follows a short review of the newly published Birds of C
Gunnar:One bird – two names. Bitter feud in the Colombian ornithology/bird conservation scene.: Ornithology Soap Opera Colombia’s ornithology is living a soap opera of “Dallas” proportions of freu
Gunnar:Colombian Mysteries: Colombia has a lot of birds and not all are easy to identify. While in the old days, the info of fie
Gunnar:How to niche an eco-lodge into a birding-lodge: Manual for creating a birding lodge. An example of strategy from Iquitos Peru. A couple of weeks ag