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

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

SAT Camp

This morning we packed up for our overnight trip to sat camp. We filled our large packs up with the essentials-firewood, machetes, water, etc… Then we set out on a challenging trek along a dense and hilly trail. We set up camp and were rewarded with dinner and a fire. I expected that when we set up camp we’d have modest accommodations, but we ended up being far more comfortable than I would have anticipated. We were each given what can only be described as individual hammock pods, complete with netting and tarp. That night we slept suspended form the trees, managing to stay dry despite being caught in the most torrential downpour since our arrival.

That night we went on a frog survey at a nearby laguna. We were excited to find an Anole, and several Monkey Tree Frogs (everyone liked the endearing way they curl up in your hand once caught). The following morning was spent capturing and recording butterflies, before cleaning off and relaxing at the base of a waterfall.