Écovolontariat au Perou : Rapport mensuel
Rapport mensuel à partir de 2018 (en anglais)
With the rains now a distant memory the forest is drying up. Food becomes scarcer and animals and plants go into survival mode until the rains come again later in the year. This time of year sees the forest not only struggle with lack of water but also the seasonal cold weather spells (friajes) that can cause the temperature to drop as low as 10oC. The first of these friajes to arrive was brutal. Normally just a couple of days the cold lasted well over a week and even when the thick cloud cover finally broke up and the sun blazed through it still took a further ten days for the sweltering heat to return.
We have done it! After 17 years of ongoing research we have identified the 500th species of bird for the Taricaya reserve and, unbelievably, three more were soon to follow thus bringing our total bird list to 503 species. This represents about 5% of all the known species of bird on the planet. In other words, in our relatively tiny area, one of every twenty birds known to man can be found!! If that was not exciting enough we also found a new species of bat and two new species of frog. You would be forgiven for asking how we made so many discoveries in quick succession. The answer is lots of volunteers!!!
It is hard to believe that another year is upon us but 2018 looks to hold plenty of promise for our long standing conservation project deep in the Peruvian Amazon. In January we received our first large group of the year and the extra hands were greatly appreciated as we were able to get a lot done and keep to our demanding schedule. Volunteers and staff alike have been hard at work around the rescue centre, out in the forest and at our farm plot.