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, May 22, 2011

It´s coming up to the end of my expedition and from all the walks and surveys I have experienced, mist-netting has been the one which stands out the most. Mist-netting is where a group of 5-6 people walk out to the forest to catch birds in large nets. Even though you have to wait every 30 minutes to check the nets its definitely worth it as you usually always catch a bird from one of the four nets. Once you have caught the bird, you then find out it´s features which included the weight, height, age, sex etc . All this data then helps the yachana reserve keep it´s protected status.

From the two mist-netting surveys I have experienced, the best bird I have seen and caught is the white ant plumed bird, this was very rewarding as I got too see my favorite bird right up close and discovered all its feature and colour. Despite the two very early mornings that Ive only just got the hang of, mist-netting has made me a lot more interested in birds, and has been an enjoyable part of my gap year.

Rachel Sillars, GVI Amazon volunteer, April-May 2011