The Amazon Binocular Project

Help promote bird education in Amazon classrooms!

In collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the CONAPAC conservation organization, we are working with local bird guides and Peruvian teachers to introduce children in small Amazonian villages to the wonder of their local birds and the need to protect their rainforest habitats.   With support from North American teachers and students from Tualatin Valley Academy, we are putting binoculars into the hands of students and teachers living along the Amazon and Napo rivers in Northeastern Peru.  We aim to supply teachers and students with the tools and resources they need to explore and appreciate birds.  Conservation through education is our goal.

Morpho Institute Amazon Binocular Project

Two Ways to Help

Send us your gently used WATERPROOF binoculars

External blemishes, lost lens caps, no neck strap or case? No problem, the students from Tualatin Valley Academy will get your gently used waterproof binoculars ready to be used again.

Make a donation to help us purchase NEW binoculars

Your generous gift will allow us to purchase brand new 'kid friendly' waterproof binoculars at a deep discount thanks to Vortex Optics.

The Amazon Binocular Project Story

Lucio's Legacy

Our dear friend Lucio Pando - pictured on the right, was an extraordinary bird guide who was the inspiration for establishing the Amazon Binocular Project. His gentle spirit, infectious laugh, un-ending patience, and incredible birding skills are sorely missed. The Amazon Binocular Project aims to preserve Lucio’s legacy through the creation of new resource materials for Amazon classrooms that will tell his story and inspire the next generation of Amazon birders.

Lucio, may you soar with the Harpy Eagles.  Lucio Pando (1956-2016).

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Your generous donation to the Amazon Binocular Project Fund will help us:

  • Provide environmental and bird education training for Amazon teachers
  • Provide Cornell Lab of Ornithology International BirdSleuth resources to Amazon Classrooms.
  • Develop materials to share Lucio's story - including a children's book for both US and Peruvian classrooms.

In memory of Lucio Pando (1956-2016)