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

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Mist Netting Morning

This week our intrepid GVI Amazon volunteers tackled mistnetting. Up at 6 am, after a week preparing the net sites, we sat and waited with baited breath doing our best David Attenborough impressions, hidden under a very obvious tarpaulin. We had four sites prepared in the secondary forest and hopes were high.

We started off well catching an Ochre-bellied Flycatcher (Mionectes oleagineus). We learned about tagging and took its measurements to be logged. After we released him we waited and waited, but to no avail. The only other thing we caught was our wellie in the netting. Not to be defeated, we returned back to camp with some very lovely pictures and very silly grins all over our faces. Such are the ups and downs of surveys, some days you record loads and other days very little.

Ella Dickenson – GVI Amazon Conservation Intern, Oct 2010-Mar 2011