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, February 10, 2009

Coral in the Jungle?!

The return from Hector's Island saw a very hectic week. EMs got back into the swing of early mornings and surveys a plenty. They were involved in butterfly surveys, amphibian surveys, and mist netting out in the primary forest. One of the week's highlights came while out on a streambed invertebrate's survey where the EMs got more than they bargained for. While scooping up a tray of silt the ever ready Duncan, found more than your average invert; a Langsdorff's Coral Snake (Micrurus langsdorffi). The whole group were able to get a good look at the snake at a safe distance, before it had enough and slithered off over to the opposite bank and into the rainforest. The rest of the survey continued as expected and all returned back to base with tales of what they had witnessed.