RARES supports the Begawan Foundation in Bali in their work with the Critically Endangered Bali starling, black-winged starling and Mitchell’s lorikeet. The Begawan Foundation maintains a breeding facility for these birds near Ubud and has been attempting to establish a wild population of the Bali starling in the same region.
RARES funds the annual salary of a bird keeper at the foundation. This assists the Foundation to maintain their breeding program and release program.
The Begawan Foundation community engagement program is important in maintaining support for the breeding and release of the birds. As part of that program they run classes for locals to improve their employment opportunities. RARES has supported these programs by providing a second-hand laptop for the classes.