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

Friday, April 15, 2011

Back to Work -- Visual Encounter Surveys!

I have arrived back at GVI Amazon base camp after a 2 week break to start my 6-month Conservation Internship work placement with GVI. I am really excited to be organising the amphibian and reptile visual encounter surveys (VES’s). We will be going into the forest at night to walk along a 500m transect for 2 ½ hours, noting down all frog, toad, salamander and snake species we encounter, and information like the microhabitat it was found in. Species found on previous VES’s include Pristimatis kitchwarum and Hypsiboas boans. I am personally hoping to see more tree frog species further into the transect for example Osteocephalus deridens. The reason behind the survey is to build on the data from the previous expedition, which is trying to determine if the road in the Yachana Reserve has an impact on the presence and distribution of amphibians and reptiles.

Jo Ridley, GVI Amazon Conservation Intern, January - June 2011