Future Projects

Library and Lecture Hall: To help Honduran and international scholars collaborate on Copan research, we have established a Mesoamerican library at the Copan Association’s Offices in Copan, Honduras.  It has served as a tremendous resource to the many scholars who work toward understanding our ancient Maya past.  The books must remain in the library however facilities are available where scholars can work.  In November 2019; 142 boxes of books were received at the Copan Association offices after an arduous journey from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This was a donation from the Widow of Peter D. Harrison who donated his entire book collection to the library at the Copan Association.  It consists of over 3500 books focused mainly on the Maya but also contains volumes of other archaeology. The donation of this collection makes the Library at the Copan Association Offices one of the best in Central America.

Training Seminars: The guides at the ancient site of Copan, who include descendants of the ancient Maya, the modern Ch’orti’, greatly benefit from continuing education. These training seminars provide a vehicle for scholars to offer their knowledge to the public through the “mouthpiece” of local guides.  Training seminars are ongoing throughout the year.

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Reintroduction of the Scarlet Macaw in the Copan Valley 2011-2016

Reintroduction of the Scarlet Macaw into the Valley of Copan where it once flew freely:   The Copan Association along with Macaw Mountain Bird Reserve have worked in tandem to successfully reintroduce the Scarlet Macaw back into the Valley of Copan, where it once flew freely.  The project begun in 2011 is deemed one of the most successful release programs in the world by the World Parrot Trust.  It received second place for the Premio Nacional del Ambiente XV Edicion in 2013.  As of 2020 thousands of  children in the Copan Valley and surrounding areas have received the conservation courses and participated in classroom activities.  This has made a huge impact on the free flying population and none of the Scarlet Macaws released into the valley has ever been captured or sold.  The educational component of this conservation project has been totally funded by the Copan Maya Foundation since the project began in 2011.