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, May 14, 2011

Streamwalk #2

We set out at 7:30, I had so much coffee that for every blood cell in my veins there was a sugar granule of coffee bean. We were pumped psyched and ready to go. The previous stream session had been such a success that realistically it could only get worse, but nevertheless I was optimistic.

We trudged through the dense forest and plunged down into the water. I was pressed into completely dunking because of the stench of my shirt. Before long I saw a small gleaming green thumbnail-sized frog. I snapped a photo or two of it and I carried on, thinking little of it. Then we saw the other end of the scale of the frog family: a large, howling gladiator treefrog (Hypsyboas boans) that screamed when it was (safely and carefully) captured.

The night was full of surprises such as a Common Blunt-headed Snake (Imantodes cenchoa), crayfish, treefrogs and fishes.

The highlight of the night was returning back to the comedor and showing Andy the photo of the small green frog and he said it was surely a glass frog (Family Centronelidae), group of frogs that we hardly ever seen in the reserve.

Oliver Jenner – GVI Amazon Long term Intern, April - Sept 2011