Huge crowds flock to the Aves de Perú event in Lima, Peru

Tom Schulenberg, Doug Stotz, Corine Vriesendorp, John O’Neill, and Dan Lane with a copy of Aves de Peru, hot off the presses.

In late 2007 ECCo launched Birds of Peru, the long-awaited field guide to Peru’s 1,807 species of birds. We then partnered with the Peruvian organization CORBIDI (Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad) to produce the guide’s Spanish translation. Aves de Perú came out in March 2010, a record time for a Spanish translation. When the field guide effort began decades ago, only a handful of Peruvians were studying birds. In March, more than 500 people attended the two-day event with lectures, bird walks, and citizen-science programs. Antonio Brack Egg, Minister of the Environment and the highest-ranking environmental official in the Peruvian government, attended the formal ceremony. Similar to the powerful impact of the Roger Tory Peterson field guides in the US, we expect Aves de Perú to transform the conservation landscape in Peru.