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, February 25, 2009

A Sunday Stroll

On Sunday, two large groups of EMs went out on long morning walks (though a few elected to remain in bed for three more hours). James writes "While I can’t speak for the 6:30 AM group, the 6:00 AM group spotted an amazing amount and variety of wildlife. Our finds included several poison frogs (mostly Allobates zapporo), a big olive tree runner (Tropidurus umbra ochrocollaris) on the side of an oak, a flock of russet-backed oropendolas (Psarocolius angustifrons), a pair of bullet ants (P. clavata) wrestling in the middle of the path, a low-flying black caracara (Daptrius ater) near a pair of raptors that were flying too high to identify, and two pairs of beautiful bright green mealy parrots (Amazona farinosa). And that’s just the ones we got good long looks at – we also saw a hummingbird that flitted across the path, a snake that slithered across, two bird nests on the ground (one whose caretaker vacated it before we could identify her, and one abandoned with broken eggs), and two small lizards who scurried away before we could identify them." Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning.