JAMA-COAQUE BIRD OBSERVATORY – Observatorio de Aves Jama-Coaque (OAJC)
The Jama-Coaque Bird Observatory (OAJC) was developed by Third Millennium Alliance to fill a void in long-term avian monitoring and research in western Ecuador. Despite being one of the world’s most bird-diverse countries, Ecuadorian ornithology lags behind that of many other Latin American countries. Through the establishment of Ecuador’s first international bird observatory – in one of the most critically threatened and understudied tropical forests on earth – TMA is on track to create one of Latin America’s most important centers for avian research and conservation.
Despite having a smaller land area than the state of Arizona, Ecuador outpaces the entire United States when it comes to biodiversity. The country — which spans the Andes-Amazon region and includes the Galapagos archipelago — outranks the U.S. in bird species (1588 bird species in Ecuador versus the USA’s 844 species). – Rhett Butler, Mongabay, 2016