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, May 6, 2011

Satellite Camp!

The highlight of my week has been SAT camp. Monday night a group of us headed out to the Columbia trail to hang up our jungle hammocks and camp out for the night. It was a great experience to hear and see a different part of the jungle at night.

After hanging up our beds we set up a fire before cooking potatoes over the fire. It’s something I’ve never really done before; learning new survival skills in the Amazon rainforest made it even more amazing. Sitting around the fire, telling stories and stuffing our faces with biscuits made for an unforgettable night.

Sleeping in a jungle hammock is surprisingly comfy, as long as you pay attention when hanging them.

The reason for going out for SAT camp was so that we could have a bit of a lie-in and be closer to the mist net site for our early morning bird survey. Unfortunately because of the weather we could not continue with the mist netting. Nevertheless it was an amazing experience and a night I will never forget.

Nia Bevan, GVI Amazon volunteer, April-May 2011