Conservation and Environment in Peru: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2010
Before bringing you the latest from the depths of the Amazon I must apologise for the delay but so much has been going on that time has flown by. The wet season threatens to arrive with a vengeance and we have been busy all around the reserve as the last of the baby turtles hatched, building started on the reptile house, visits from old friends, new acquaintances and much more.
As the rains finally threaten and temperatures soar to highs of close to 40oC in the shade it has been a tough month at Taricaya but the heat and humidity have not prevented us from achieving great successes over the recent weeks. With volunteer numbers still high we have been able to progress on many different fronts and there have been successes in many of our projects including the butterfly house, turtle project and rescue centre.
Once again it is time to bring you up to date on the latest from our research centre in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. September has seen the continuation of the drought which has besieged the whole of South America and I cannot remember ever seeing the river so low at this time of year. All we can do is wait and hope that the rains arrive eventually bringing much needed relief to the forest and all its residents.
As the river continued to drop and the rains show no signs of arriving it has been a hard month working under a scorching sun and dealing with countless sand flies but with the lodge still at capacity, August has proved to be another highly productive month.
It seems that every month when I start writing these reports I begin by commenting on how much we have achieved at Taricaya but, if it is possible, then July has been one of our most productive months ever here in the Peruvian rainforest. With the lodge bursting at its seams and everybody keen to get stuck in it has been an amazing few weeks. We have discovered many new species for the reserve; collected the first turtle nests;
This month in the rainforest has been labour intensive as we concentrated on filling the artificial turtle beaches with sand and continued to clear the extensive network of trails. It was not all sweat and toil however as we had a couple of exciting caiman hunts and some great wildlife encounters also.
I must apologise for the delay in getting the latest news to you from the centre as a work trip overseas and a brief vacation meant that I was away from Taricaya for close to five weeks. Needless to say, the work continued and with volunteer numbers increasing with the approach of our busy season there has been a lot achieved over the last couple of months. The usual dilemma, where to begin?
The hardest part of compiling these monthlyUpdates every month is finding where to start and as our volunteer numbers have increased again this month I am faced once again with the same dilemma. March has seen us hard at work on rebuilding work in the rescue centre, mist-netting, trail monitoring and another visit from a film crew, this time a BBC team from the Natural History Unit.
It seems that each month when I sit down to start writing these monthlyUpdates it becomes ever more difficult to find suitable superlatives to describe the levels of endeavour and dedication from everyone involved with the Taricaya Research Centre and February has been no exception.
As 2010 kicks in we are up and running quickly with plenty of news and progress from our base deep in the Amazon rainforest. The expected heavy rains have been unpredictable and river levels have been rising and falling almost on a daily basis but the dangerous flash floods experienced elsewhere in Peru over recent weeks have not reached us here at Taricaya and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will continue to be lucky over the coming weeks.