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

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tiny Visitors to GVI Amazon Base Camp

People work on computers in offices all over the world. Luckily, my office is currently in the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador. The staff cabin, where GVI Amazon completes all of their computer work is surrounded by flowering plants which are visited by a variety of insects and humming birds. A regular visitor is the Reddish Hermit, (Phaethornis ruber). It is one of the smallest humming bird species and is also one of the prettiest. It flies around from plant to plant flashing orange and green feeding on the flowers around base camp. The only problem with seeing the Reddish Hermit (Phaethornis ruber) and other birds and insects that visit the plants around base camp is that they are a bit of a distraction (albeit a good one!), but it makes it very difficult to keep focused on the work I need to get on with.

Phil Brown – GVI Amazon 6 month Conservation Intern, Oct 2010-Mar 2011