The End of an Era

After over 6 years of intensive research and community development work in and around the Yachana Reserve, GVI Amazon is coming to a close. We have finished our final research project (look forward to our Road Effects paper, coming soon!) and are handing over the project to our partner, The Yachana Foundation. They will continue to maintain and monitor the reserve, using it as an hands-on science education center for students -- we're very excited to see what fabulous things this next generation of scientists find! For more detail on GVI Amazon's closure, and our accomplishments over the years, please read on...
GVI Amazon Closure Statement

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The week started with a healthy dose of tropical rainfall which, although slowing the progress of our surveys, sparked a flurry of activity around camp. We worked in teams to re-dig water channels, fix board walks, clear trails and mend our bat nets. Even the overgrown vegetable garden was brought back to life after a thorough weeding session. Despite some surveys being rained off, major progress was made during our late night amphibian surveys. After rediscovering an old swamp we uncovered more frogs than ever and stumbled across snakes, giant snails and even a tarantula on the way! We also recorded a total of five individual Screaming Piha males by the end of the week. Meanwhile, there was less success in the kitchen as our food supplies became alarmingly low… And after scraping together every last scrap from the bodega (and eating some very creative and bizarre meals) we were more than happy to see the canoe arrive on Friday with our food order, despite having to haul it all up the stairs from port!