Dear supporters of ASA,
Although the pandemic still drags on, and the return to normalcy is going more slowly than we’d like, we have had a great year so far in the Peruvian Amazon. Most of our staff members are now vaccinated against Covid-19 and, although we still have measures in place to keep everyone healthy, our productivity is as high as ever. We are just about back to fighting for the Amazon at full steam ahead!
Our Lepidoptera research has been a particular bright spot. So far this year we have hosted two short-term Peruvian undergraduate students, one of whom will return to Finca Las Piedras later this year to conduct her thesis work on butterfly biology. The rest of our Lepidoptera research assistants are busy working on several publications to share our discoveries with the world—we are describing, for the first time ever, the larval biology and host plants of several butterfly species found at Finca Las Piedras, and we have other projects exploring different topics as well. These include how butterflies cope with seasonal change, as well as the potential impacts on butterfly populations due to climate change, and a new project to determine the diversity of tiger moths at our site. Stay tuned for updates on these exciting discoveries as they become available!
Just like most other places in the world, Covid-19 has really disrupted the Peruvian education system. Sadly, kids in Monterrey, the community closest to Finca Las Piedras, are still not able to return to in-person classes. That’s why we’re working harder than ever to deliver quality environmental education to them in the most creative ways possible. We are preparing materials and educational programming so that, later in the year when we’re able to work with our kids again, we can continue to provide them the tools they need to become the next generation of rainforest stewards. We believe that investing in our children is the best way to secure the future of the Amazon, so we’re continuing to work hard in this area despite major challenges.
We have made great progress this year, despite the difficulties the global pandemic continues to throw at us. Everything that we’re doing is thanks to you, our amazing rainforest champions. Thank you for your ongoing support, it is empowering us to make a real difference in the Amazon.
Geoff, Johana, and the ASA team