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, August 7, 2008

New species for the list!

Expedition manager Germania Estevez wrote today about new species recently sited in the reserve. These include a two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus), 9 new butterfly species, 5 new bird species recorded during mist netting sessions, and one common bromeliad treefrog. She writes that summer vacation English lessons are very popular in the nearby community of Puerto Rico, with 24 regular students attending regularly, including adults. During a minga last week, expedition members helped the residents of the nearby village of Mondana to repair a local trail. EMs' help was really appreciated by the locals who invited them to share lunch. EMs also visited Hector's island, Sumak Allpa, where they helped to clear a grassland area to build a pond for capybara that Hector plans to breed on his island. Hector has his own foundation and runs a small school for young children. EMs had an opportunity to teach some basic English in the school and later got to enjoy Hector's myriad stories about the mysteries of the Amazon jungle!