Conservation and Environment in Peru: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2009
Looking back over the last twelve months it is amazing to see how much we achieved this year. With a record breaking 180 volunteers visiting us in 2009 we have pushed so many different projects forward with truly remarkable results and all the success is a reflection of the dedication of the entire team at the centre.
As the seasonal storms hit in earnest it was a case of buckling under and making the most of the clear spells in a month where we released the last of our baby turtles, hosted the first bird banding course in Peru, captured a new species of snake for Taricaya and received some new additions to the animal rescue centre.
As the rainy season threatens October has seen the hatching and release of our first baby turtles; the completion of the new accommodation block; a visit from a film crew; mist netting; new botanical discoveries; advances in the animal rescue centre and general maintenance around the reserve.
This report from Taricaya will bring you all up to date on what has been happening over the last couple of months. Personally, I went on vacation for a couple of weeks and with some major overhauling going on at the centre time has flashed by and so I shall report on the last eight weeks together. As usual my dilemma is where to start with so many projects advancing and the hard work of everyone involved with the project producing such fantastic results.
Once again I have a month of hard work and adventure to report on from the depths of the Peruvian Amazon. With the lodge bursting at its seams we have been able to accomplish a huge amount and push forward many of our projects in parallel.
The time has come for the latest from Taricaya and even though the weather has been unseasonably wet we have managed to achieve a huge amount with the lodge reaching capacity and everyone working hard as usual. The dilemma, as usual, is where to start!
It is often hard to know where to begin in these regular updates from the heart of the Amazon but this month our respective diversity studies must take the fore after some truly amazing discoveries and great sightings.
With the wet season finally drawing to a close and the river starting to drop it was time for a bit of damage control at Taricaya as we headed out onto our extensive trail system to assess the condition of our more distant trails that had been hard to reach previously.
March has seen us weather yet more ferocious storms but work has continued and there is much to report on as ever. New residents have arrived in the rescue centre; construction has begun on the butterfly house, the laboratory and workshop have been built and there have been many exciting sightings around the reserve.
As the rains continue to bombard us and water levels continue to rise, it has been a tough month to gather any momentum but the enforced breaks for the weather have meant even more enthusiasm when we have been able to get out in the field and as usual there is plenty to look back on and report.
The New Year is off to a spectacular start with a series of storms that has brought the wet season in with a bang. Thunder, lightning and sheets of rain have been lashing down on us almost constantly since I last kept you updated. The forest needed rain and now as the river surges past the lodge I hope that the ecosystem can recover from an unusually dry 2008.