Bins To Bolivia

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Illustration by Tara Hempstead (Instagram: @popt_art)
After the huge success of our 2021-2022 Bins for Perú Project, in which our former Executive Director, Lois Brunet, and volunteers Graham Hamby and Sherra Fermino, spearheaded the delivery of optics to a local birding group in Perú – the Club de Observadores de Aves del Perú (COAP) - we’re excited to introduce our new global initiative: Bins to Bolivia!

Photos courtesy of ASBOR

We are thrilled to partner with the Bolivian Association of Ornithology (Asociación Boliviana de Ornitología [ASBOR]) to enhance bird conservation efforts in Bolivia. ASBOR coordinates The Neotropical Waterbird Census (El Censo Neotropical de Aves Acuáticas [CNAA]), a long-term and large-geographic initiative. Its implementation involves counting waterbirds throughout South America in February and July of each year.

Our Bins to Bolivia initiative aims to address the shortage of supplies for ASBOR's waterbird monitoring project, part of the CNAA.

Bolivia is a privledged country to have approximately 200,000 square km of wetlands (a fifth of its territory), including the largest RAMSAR site on the planet, the Llanos de Moxos, in the department of Beni. Wetlands have enormouse ecological environmental and, often, scenic or recreational value. At the same time, they are one the the most fragile and threatened ecosystems. The CNAA is a key tool to provide evidence that can guide more effective and efficient management and conservation of those ecosystems.

Birds are unmistakable and practically unavoidable elements of wetlands; Also, they are among the best indicators of their state of conservation. Monitoring waterfowl -- the quintessential inhabitants of wetlands -- is a shortcut to conserving them, their habitats and biodivirsity in general.

Be part of the CNAA and contribute to the conservation of waterfowl and our wetlands!


ASBOR’s mission, “bringing together all people interested in the study and conservation of birds in Bolivia,” aligns perfectly with ours. By donating quality binoculars, we can strengthen this citizen science project and expand our collective impact on birding worldwide.

We’re extremely grateful that our dedicated volunteers, Graham and Sherra, who delivered the optics for Bins to Perú, will once again spearhead the delivery to Bolivia this fall!

Help Us Fill the Luggage!

Illustration by Tara Hempstead (Instagram: @popt_art)

Goal: 12 binoculars

Option 1: Make a Donation
Help Pasadena Audubon Society purchase new binoculars for ASBOR.
Donate Today!

To mail a donation, please send a check to:
Pasadena Audubon Society
75 S Grand Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
Include "Bins to Bolivia" in the memo line.

Option 2: Donate Binoculars
Donate lightly used binoculars in good condition or new binoculars. For tropical countries, it is essential that we donate fully waterproof roof prism binoculars to prevent fogging and mold growth on the interior lenses.
Email us to schedule a drop-off at our office (75 S Grand Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105). *Please include the model information and photos of the binoculars.

To ensure the quality and durability of the binoculars, we strongly encourage cash donations unless your binoculars meet these conditions.

The donation period is open until July 31st, 2024.

Learn more about ASBOR

What is ASBOR?

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Formed in 2007 as a national collective, the Bolivian Association of Ornithology (ASBOR) is the organization that brings together all people interested in the study and conservation of birds in Bolivia.

What does ASBOR do?

  • Promotes research and conservation of birds in Bolivia, as well as respect for them and their habitats.
  • Organizes the Congress of Ornithology and Bird Conservation in Bolivia, a biannual event that allows the dissemination and exchange of ornithological knowledge in our country.
  • Facilitates the creation of collaborative networks in all aspects of Ornithology.
  • Aims, among other things, to organize an additional number of scientific and popular events, provide professional development opportunities, provide expert advice, establish collaborative relationships with like-minded organizations at national and international level, publish and distribute publications in all forms and relevant formats, and organize and conduct educational, exploration and recreational trips.
  • It aims to consolidate itself as an inclusive, proactive institution with a global perspective; leader and reference in the field of Ornithology.

Check out the latest updates on their Facebook or Instagram!