In 1994 ARMONIA organized the I Bird Encounter in the city of Santa Cruz, making relevance for important bird species such as Red Fronted Macaw (Ara rubrogenys) and Blue Throat Macaw (Ara glaucogularis) for the first time. Basically all the scientific ornithological knowledge was produced by foreign researchers such as G. Cox, J. Fjeldsa, T. Parker and Van Remsen during the period of the first encounters.
As the number of Bolivian institutions that develop ornithology research were strengthened and the amount of foreign ornithologists working in Bolivia also increased, the nature of contributions presented in these events diversified and increased in complexity. In the VIII version in La Paz, 2007, the event changed its name to VIII Ornithology and Conservation of Birds in Bolivia Congress, which was characterized by a considerable increase in the number of speakers, participants and new themes such as population ecology, management and conservation, monitoring and others.
Ten years have passed since the last congress and the number of ornithology research and conservation efforts have not stopped growing in Bolivia. Today various groups have integrated scientific research with sustainable development of local people, habitat restoration, management of natural reserves in key areas for the most threatened species and other research areas. In the light of this continued evolution and the need to satiate the thirst for strengthening contact between different working groups, ARMONIA Association, the Natural History Museum Alcide D’orbigny, ornithology Bolivian Association and the Center of Biodiversity and Genetics of the University of San Simón organize the IX Congress of Ornithology and Bird Conservation, which will take place in the city of Cochabamba between 16 and 21 of May, 2017.
The main objective is for the community of scientists, conservationists, decision takers and students to actualize their knowledge with the advances achieved in ornithology in Bolivia. Our goal is to motivate and strengthen the exchange of experiences, of scientific knowledge and conservation advances. The scientific program and other activities aim at internationalization through plenary speakers (ample experience ornithologists) and discussion of actual topics through symposia and overall improve communication and synergy of bolivian ornithologists.