Greetings from the Peruvian Amazon!
It seems it was yesterday when we shared some our accomplishments of last year, but 2022 is already way in and many things have already happened at Finca Las Piedras, our research and education center in the Peruvian Amazon! While our research team keeps working hard and producing half a dozen of new scientific articles for the year, our research residency program for Peruvian undergraduate students selected four bright young individuals for placements during the first half of the year. Through this program, we expect to contribute to these students’ scientific training. This means that our work has a double impact—not only are we generating important information about Amazonian biodiversity, but we are equipping the next generation of Peruvian biologists and conservationists with the professional tools they need to succeed and keep making an impact.
As for our environmental education program, we are putting the final touches for what it will be a great year working again with local children. In collaboration with the Red de Aprendizaje y Conservación, led by NatGeo explorer Carmen Chávez, we will be using the resources of her recently released book called “Who is there?” – a beautiful book about mammals captured with camera traps in our own station as well as in others throughout the region. Our children will be learning about mammals with pictures taken from their own forests!
We are very excited about everything that is planned for the rest of the year and are always very grateful for your support to make it happen.
Geoff, Johana and the rest of the ASA team.
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