Education  Peru Project #43836

The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!

by Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon Inc.
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!
The Amazon Burning - Kids and Bugs to the Rescue!

Dear supporters of the Amazon,

As you probably remember from our last report, kids were back at Finca Las Piedras, our research and education center in Peru, for a great season of learning about mammals and the use of camera traps to study them. This annual environmental education effort reached out to more than 120 local children from rural schools and dozens of parents and teachers that joined them in this immersive learning experience. Kids were given a series of educational materials to continue their exploration of mammals back at home, and teachers received copies of the book '¿Quien Anda Ahí?' (Who Goes There?) – the main resource for this year’s project.

We are extremely happy with the results of the children’s visit to our station and couldn’t be more grateful to all of you that made it possible. A special thanks to Nat Geo explorer Carmen Chavez, who produced the book and gave us free copies for the participant schools. If you want to learn more about mammals in the Amazon (and learn some Spanish on the way!) click here to download the book for free!

With gratitude,

Geoff, Johana and all the ASA team

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Dear supporters of the Amazon,

Kids are back in school and the dry season is now in full swing in the Peruvian Amazon, which means we're finally working once again with our local future conservation leaders! This year we're collaborating with our friend Carmen Chavez, of the Red de Aprendizaje y Conservación, who has recently published an incredible book called 'Quien Anda Ahí' (Who Goes There?), which aims to teach children and other people of all ages all about the animals that live in the rainforest. Mammals, in particular, are tough to see here, so the book focuses on the use of camera traps to study elusive rainforest wildlife. It also contains detailed and beautiful accounts of some of the more common and charismatic Amazonian animal species, as well as a few things that scientists have learned about them by using camera traps. We are bringing groups of elementary-aged kids to Finca Las Piedras, our research and education center in the Peruvian Amazon, where they learn about rainforest species through hands-on activities based on the book and by putting their own camera traps out in the forest and later looking at what they've captured. The kids come from a variety of small, rural single-teacher schools that struggle to provide high quality environmental education, so these visits are incredibly important as local young people develop environmental identities and learn to value the forest in ways most have not yet considered. We want the next generation to understand that the rainforest is more than just a bunch of trees that can be cut down and sold as timber, or animals that can be hunted or sold as pets, and your support is making that possible here in Peru.

On the research front, we're also making some exciting advances. Our butterfly inventory in southeastern Peru grows by the day, and to date we have documented more than 1,000 species. We're also publishing studies about butterfly natural history and basic biology that are building a foundation of knowledge that is improving our ability to conduct science-based conservation in our region. What parts of the Peruvian Amazon hold the largest number of butterfly species? Which butterflies depend as caterpillars on plant species that are threatened with extinction? Our work aims to generate the information needed to answer these questions and more, in a place that holds more species than anywhere else on Earth but where research is severely lacking.

None of this important work would be possible without your support, and we thank you for helping us continue to fight for the Amazon.

With gratitude,

Geoff, Johana, and the entire ASA team

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Dearsupporters of ASA,

What a great start of the year here in the Peruvian Amazon! Our butterfly project has once again opened its research residency program, and this year we have selected four bright undergraduate students from Peru and Ecuador. This is an amazing professional development opportunity, and we are looking forward to seeing their accomplishments as the year goes on. 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!

As for the environmental education project, we are excited that in-person classes are back for all schools in the country starting in mid-March. We are currently preparing the contents and materials to be used for the year’s program as we intend to continue working with the same rural schools that we worked with last year. 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.

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.

 

With gratitude,


Geoff, Johana, and the ASA team

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Dear GlobalGiving supporter,

Our local kids have finally returned to our research and education center Finca Las Piedras! We're thrilled to once again have such youthful energy on site, and of course we're very happy to be working with the next generation of rainforest stewards after a difficult two year wait.

With additional support from the Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation, and with all possible safety precautions in place, we are currently bringing children from ages six to twelve to Finca Las Piedras to learn about the rainforest that's right in their backyards--but which most of them have never thought of as anything more than a source of raw materials. Our program is designed to let children learn about the rainforest on their own terms, which lots of recent evidence is a powerful way to build a strong environmental identity. The kids all come from rural, underserved schools that have just a single teacher to teach all grades simultaneously; this is the first time that most of them have been exposed to any sort of environmental education, so the project's impact is very high.

Please take a moment to look through a few photos from our recent visits—we're very proud of our kids, all of the hard working staff at Finca Las Piedras and, of course, all of our committed Rainforest Champions. Without your support, none of this is possible. Together, we’re building a brighter future for our communities here in the Peruvian Amazon and for the rainforest that sustains our very planet’s health.

In solidarity,

 

Geoff & Johana

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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.

With gratitude,
Geoff, Johana, and the ASA team

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