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

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Carry on Camping...

Trips to the satellite camps in the Yachana reserve have been universally hailed as the highlight in the recent activities. In small groups the EMs trekked to alternative campsites within the rainforest and spent the night gathered around convivial campfires drinking tea whilst eyeing the forest canopy nervously, wondering what might be watching them! Before they were gently rocked to sleep in their cosy, creeky jungle hammocks (which according to the EMs was an experience not to be missed), the EMs headed out on nightwalks where they encountered amongst other things a Four-eyed Opossums (Philander sp.), fist sized Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) - who was indeed a monster, Water Rats (Nectomys squamipes) and Common Streamside Lizards (Neusticurus ecpleopus). Although the facilities are somewhat basic, a welcome refreshing dip in a nearby waterfalls was a wonderful alternative to a shower so far from base.