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

Monday, April 20, 2009

Scrambled Eggs and Smoothies!

Sunday morning was spent eating scrambled eggs on cheesy toast (a very nice change to the usual porridge) whilst laughing about all that had happened on Saturday night. After lunch the whole gang headed for Yachana Lodge for some awesome smoothies and a friendly game of football with the locals. On the way there they were very lucky to spot a Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja)! At night Lucy W. headed a group discussion on politics in Ecuador. Which proved to get everyone involved.

An eager group headed out to finish digging the last 16 pitfall traps for the amphibian transect. The group were continually thwarted by heavy rain and distracted by exciting wildlife sightings, including a variety of frogs and a rare encounter with a Caecilian, an amphian that resembles a giant earthworm
. Digging muddy holes in the rainforest has it's bonuses; being rewarded with some fantastic glimpses of nature is a definite plus point!