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, April 16, 2009

Another Jungle Adventure!

Midweek and the rain was still falling (this is the rainforest of course!) Wednesday morning was satellite camp preparation for group two. The early morning rain meant that the bird transect and pitfall digging was put off but baffle making commenced. The group took to wielding machetes and staple guns with great gusto.

Sat campers left in the sun and arrived at their destination in the rain. After eagerly stringing up the jungle hammocks they set about making fire, assisted by Ecuadorian Alex who expertly handcrafted a “casita” to protect it from the rain. Dinner was followed by baked bananas in tin foil filled with caramel manjar (sweet treat!) which put a smile on everyone’s faces. This set the group up for a full night walk of spiders, frogs, a Dwarf Salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata) and an “unidentified” bird. After a great nights sleep (some enjoyed it more than others – yes Ali we all know that you a managed that cheeky little lie-in!), the group headed out for an early spot of birding. A perfect way to start the day before heading back to base camp.