On Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 7:00-8:30pm, AABC will host Dr. Campbell Plowden, Executive Director of Amazon Ecology, for a presentation and holiday craft sale at the Blue Heron Center in Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD. The presentation title is: “Creating sustainable livelihoods and promoting forest conservation in the Peruvian Amazon with fair-trade bird handicrafts.” Dr. Plowden founded the non-profit group in 2006 to help forest peoples create sustainable livelihoods, strengthen traditional communities and promote forest conservation in the Amazon rainforest. Amazon Ecology now helps artisans from 18 native and campesino communities in the northern Peruvian Amazon to make and market innovative fair-trade handicrafts that feature hand-made bird ornaments and accessories. Dr. Plowden will discuss the evolution and challenges of these efforts and share some of the photos of birds he has taken during his 35 years of working in the Amazon. The presentation will be followed by a sale of the diverse crafts made by Amazon Ecology’s partner artisans. Proceeds help support traditional artisans, Amazon Ecology programs and health, education and conservation needs in their partner communities. For more information about Amazon Ecology, visit www.AmazonEcology.org.