Conservation and Environment in Peru: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2011
As another year comes to a close it is immensely satisfying to look back over our accomplishments from the last 12 months. With the help and dedication of 242 volunteers, 2011 has flown by and we have made huge progress in so many of our projects and new discoveries in our biodiversity research.
It is with great pride and satisfaction that I am writing this latest update as November 5th saw us celebrate our ten year anniversary here at the Taricaya Research Centre. In those ten years we have received 1324 volunteers and with the help of each last one we have been able to accomplish so much in our efforts to help save the most diverse ecosystem on the planet.
My apologies for the delay in getting back to you all with the comings and goings at our research centre in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. With so much going on time just seems to fly by and before I knew it I have two months worth of news to report and little time to do it in. A great problem as far as our project's success goes, slightly more demanding on a personal front trying to fit everything in!
As the dry season continues, river levels drop and food becomes scarcer around the rainforest. It is a difficult time for the animals as they must forage over larger areas spreading out through the forest and making themselves more vulnerable to predators both natural and human!
Once again it is time to bring you all up to date on the latest from our research centre deep in the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. It has been a while since I last reported our news and that is simply a result of so much going on and with over 40 people, staff and volunteers combined, working full time around the reserve we have achieved a great deal.
It has been a very productive month at Taricaya with all beds taken and many pairs of hands willing to tackle the hard work week in week out. As usual there is plenty to report on including a fantastic sighting of a juvenile jaguar sitting on the river bank!
As the rains move on and the river starts to drop dramatically it is the start of a special time of year in the rainforest as the swamp levels start to fall and we can once again start to move more freely all over the reserve. Animals still find plenty of food available but now they start searching for mates so that the young will be born to coincide with the beginning of the next wet season.
What a great month in the Amazon as the rains finally eased off and allowed us to tackle many projects simultaneously. With all beds full and volunteers eager to do their part we have managed to progress in our biodiversity research with many new discoveries for the reserve, we have started the new spider monkey cage, the mammal census has continued with some great sightings, the pilot farm saw us clearing reforestation transects and so much more.
Whilst February is the shortest month of the year it is no surprise to have a headache as to where to begin as we have been working hard on several different fronts over the recent weeks. Our emphasis has been on the exciting new mammal census, the new turtle house and large scale clearing and recovery work on the pilot farm.
With a new year come new challenges and 2011 promises to be our most exciting yet as we continue to evolve; improving and expanding our existing projects whilst designing and implementing new ones. January has been an exciting time for everybody and as soon as the festive period finished volunteers started flooding in eager to work hard and do their bit in conserving the Amazon rainforest.