Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil

by SALVEASERRA. Grupo Prot. Amb. Serra da Concordia
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Morning. Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary
Morning. Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary

Dear donors and friends of "Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil" project.
Despite my illness and the severe economic, moral and ethics crisis, that Brazil is facing, we managing to keep our project alive and active.
Because of the treatment I am undergoing that makes me be in Rio de Janeiro every 10 days it has not been possible to bring groups of students as we used to do 2 or 3 times a month. The project is in Valença at 160 km away. But we hope to start bringing the groups back still this year. There are 4 schools waiting to visit us to spend a "A Day in the Forest".
This time I want to show a bird watching event that took place on 10 and 11 October at the Wildlife Sanctuary called Big Day Brazil. The Global Big Day is held around the world when everyone is invited to participate in order to register the highest number of bird species where they live.
Our area of tropical forest is very rich in birds, both resident and migratory, and we have already listed 190 species.
This time the ornithologists have identified 108 birds.
These events represent the ongoing effort to conserve wild birds and their habitats throughout the world, and in our case, the importance of preserving Brazil's avian heritage for future generations.
Please see the attached some bird pictures and a slide show that goes apart. For our birdwatchers donors follows the list of the observed birds.
Friends, our economic situation is threatened and more than ever we need your donations in order to continue with the work done in our project.
Thank you very much for your contributions that make the project possible.
Roberto Lamego

Birdwatchers.
Birdwatchers.
On the trail
On the trail
Euler
Euler's Flycatcher.
Ruddy Ground-Dove.
Ruddy Ground-Dove.
Tropical Kingbird.
Tropical Kingbird.
Green-winged Saltator. A famous songbird.
Green-winged Saltator. A famous songbird.
Streaked Flycatcher.
Streaked Flycatcher.
Chivi Vireo.
Chivi Vireo.
Surucua Trogon. Male.
Surucua Trogon. Male.
Surucua Trogon. Male.
Surucua Trogon. Male.
Surucua Trogon. Female.
Surucua Trogon. Female.
Rufous-thighed Kite nesting.
Rufous-thighed Kite nesting.
Rufous-thighed Kite.
Rufous-thighed Kite.
Rufous-thighed Kite.
Rufous-thighed Kite.
Dusky-legged Guan.
Dusky-legged Guan.
Curl-crested Jay.
Curl-crested Jay.
Atlantic Rainforest: large abundance  of species.
Atlantic Rainforest: large abundance of species.

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Visitors gathering at Cambota community.
Visitors gathering at Cambota community.

Dear donors and friends of the project Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil.
We are delighted to announce that we began to receive again visitors to our environmental education program called "A Day in the Forest."
This time invited the residents of a community on the outskirts of the city of Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to know the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
As always we rented a bus to take them and we had a group of 35 people.
The tour was a success and everyone loved to spend a day in the woods, most for the first time.
Please see the photos and the attached link that shows how was the visit.
Once again thank you so much for your support, help and donations that helps us to these rides and pay the heavy monthly costs.

Please see here the attached link:

https://plus.google.com/photos/110709315454919422487/albums/6179515841024142129

 

 

To the bus.
To the bus.
Inside the bus.
Inside the bus.
The arrival. We had a little baby this time.
The arrival. We had a little baby this time.
The visitors group.
The visitors group.
Explaining what will happen during the visit.
Explaining what will happen during the visit.
On the road.
On the road.
Showing where Valenca city is located.
Showing where Valenca city is located.
At the Wildlife entrance.
At the Wildlife entrance.
The road inside the forest.
The road inside the forest.
The forest.
The forest.
The new visitors centre.
The new visitors centre.
On a trail.
On a trail.
Crossing the stream.
Crossing the stream.
The group preparing to leave.
The group preparing to leave.

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Roberto Lamego and Japu bird nest.
Roberto Lamego and Japu bird nest.

I am Roberto Lamego leader of project, GlobalGiving #1911, Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil.
And I have a problem.
As I said in the last report: “As you know for the last two years I have an illness that is impeaching my full operational capacity, but I hope to resolve this with another and definitive surgery that will take place in a couple of days.
So, I will be “out of business” for a few months. Wish me please good luck and good health. I will be out but the project will be running.”
I was operated on 27/January successfully, but I had very serious problems in the postoperative period which made me stay three months, 100 days in the hospital in ICU most of the time. Luckily I got out alive but very weak. I'm in a recovery period that happens slowly. I've been in the city of Rio de Janeiro since the surgery.
Only last week, after five months, I was able to come home to Valença, Rio de Janeiro State, and where the project is located.
Here, I've been trying to recover my time out and give an up to date in many subjects.
And a first thing to do is precisely up-to-date the project report that is late.
The project Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil, going well, normally working internally with the facilities being maintained and cared for, roads and trails cleaned and the plantations and other agroforestry activities carried out by two employees who work there.
We planted this year some 900 seedlings.
Only the activities of taking groups to spend "A Day in the Forest", our environmental education program is not been carried out.
We here organizing a group of visitors for the July 4, and preparing the site, but bad weather made us postpone this visit.
Please see attached photos of our facilities and the slideshow.
Here: Serra da Concórdia Wildlife Sanctuary. July 2015.
Facilities and trails.

Look for APRESENTAÇÂO DE SLIDES, SLIDESHOW. Subtitles in English.
https://plus.google.com/photos/110709315454919422487/albums/6168495301591862033/6168495654344075042?pid=6168495654344075042&oid=110709315454919422487

We build all these facilities and network of trails through the forest and agroforestry demonstration plots to receive every week, at least a group of visitors to the Sierra da Concórdia Wildlife Sanctuary.
Due to my illness this did not happened.
We need your comprehension to understand my desire to maintain the project running even if I cannot be there most of the time.
Physically, I really hope to recover but don’t know for sure how long it will take.
Meanwhile, I am obliged to run our project this way.
Thank you so much for your support, help and your donations that helps us a lot to pay the heavy monthly costs.

Roberto Lamego

Mr. Gabriel, manager, Julio Cesar, builder and me
Mr. Gabriel, manager, Julio Cesar, builder and me
Dr.Ricardo Wagner from Concordia Mts State Park.
Dr.Ricardo Wagner from Concordia Mts State Park.
The farm house.
The farm house.
Workers house.
Workers house.
Bathroom and WC.
Bathroom and WC.
Kitchen.
Kitchen.
Visitors center.
Visitors center.
Visitors center.
Visitors center.
Second floor multiple usage room.
Second floor multiple usage room.
Visitors center.
Visitors center.
New kitchen.
New kitchen.
Evapoatranspiration bed sewage system.
Evapoatranspiration bed sewage system.
Several are the possible trails.
Several are the possible trails.
Empty tree nursery. 900 seedlings planted/year.
Empty tree nursery. 900 seedlings planted/year.
Agroforestry trail.
Agroforestry trail.
Water. Big problem. Each year less.
Water. Big problem. Each year less.
Bridge.
Bridge.
The students Group led by teacher Iracema Brittes
The students Group led by teacher Iracema Brittes

Dear donors,
In this report you will see the pictures of the last group of students that visited and joined our environmental program, "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest."
Just to remember: The "A Day in the Rainforest" program takes students from schools and citizens from communities of Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a scenic road and trail, to spend a day in the forest, an unfamiliar environment for almost all. The GlobalGiving project prepares students and visitors before visiting with lectures about the local Environment History and about what they will find during the trip and w also rent a bus to transport visitors.
This time it was a small group of youngsters from Valença city that belong to a catholic religious community and were led by Teacher Iracema Brittes at Fátima neighborhood.
Please see the attached pictures to trek with these students.
You can also see the whole trip in a slideshow in the added link.
Two very important events happened during these months. First it was possible to accomplish some very necessary work on our internal road, in order to protect this mountain road from the heavy summer rains. We built 5 extra drainage facilities to cut the water from the road, as you will see at the picture. The work at this internal road is almost finished. The last step is already contracted and it will be to study and define the best way to drain and how the water will flow down to the valley. These road improvements were and are financed with GlobalGiving funds.
The other important event is that the municipality provided us with 40 gravel trucks to be placed on the access road and on our internal road. This unexpected gift could not be rejected and GlobalGiving again played an important role renting and paying a truck and a wheel loader to spread the gravel on the roads. Please see some photos attached.
The plantations at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary are about to start and this year we are planting around 800 seedlings of palm trees, fruit trees and various hardwoods.
As you know since the last almost two years I have an illness that is impeaching my full operational capacity, but I hope to resolve this with another and definitive surgery that will take place in a couple of days.
So, I will be “out of business” for a few months.
Wish me please good luck and good health. I will be out but the project will be running.

Once again I would like to thank you for your support and donations that allow all this to happen.
Thank you very much.
Roberto Lamego

On the road...
On the road...
Second stop to see the view.
Second stop to see the view.
Teachers instructing the children.
Teachers instructing the children.
Teacher Iracema.
Teacher Iracema.
At the entrance of Wildlife Sanctuary.
At the entrance of Wildlife Sanctuary.
On the trail...
On the trail...
Inside a cave.
Inside a cave.
The cave.
The cave.
Arriving at our base. Notice big wall on the right
Arriving at our base. Notice big wall on the right
Using new Visitors Center facilities.
Using new Visitors Center facilities.
A happy group.
A happy group.
Visiting tree nursery.
Visiting tree nursery.
Visiting water source.
Visiting water source.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
Agroforestry plantation.
Agroforestry plantation.
Old mango tree.
Old mango tree.
Farewell photo.
Farewell photo.
The bus we rent to take the students.
The bus we rent to take the students.
Inside the bus a farewell song.
Inside the bus a farewell song.
GlobalGiving funds were used to protect the road
GlobalGiving funds were used to protect the road
And crossing the road...
And crossing the road...
And a good thing is that to improve our road...
And a good thing is that to improve our road...
the municipality provided us with 40 gravel trucks
the municipality provided us with 40 gravel trucks
The gravel was also spread on our internal road.
The gravel was also spread on our internal road.
Inspecting the work.
Inspecting the work.

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'A Day in the Forest" for Valenca city students.

Dear donors.
We are pleased to report that we are resuming the work with our environmental program, "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest."
The "A Day in the Rainforest" program takes students from schools and citizens from communities of Valença, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a scenic road and trail, to spend a day in the forest, an unfamiliar environment for almost all. The project prepares students and visitors before visiting with lectures about the local Environment History and about what they will find during the trip. We also rent a bus to transport visitors.
We live in a region that was originally covered by 95% forest.Today there are little more than 5%, which has already caused almost irreparable damage to the Ecosystem. Here and in much of Brazil the room temperature is much higher than it used to be and it rains a lot less than it rained a few years ago. And what is more frightening is that the change was very rapid.
The visit of young people and community members from the city allows them to realize the importance of the forests to control the room temperature, for the production of water and the preservation of local biodiversity. They begin to understand the current lack of the forests and the urgent need to reforest this entire region and country. They can also see our proposal of Agroforestry reforesting, where it is possible to associate planting trees, palm trees and fruit trees and make good money doing this, producing good quality wood, and many different agroforestry products such as heart of palm, medicinal products, ornamental plants, and many others.
We believe it is the only way to convince traditional farmers to change their today impossible to maintain farming methods to others where the Environment, water and shade are prioritities.
The group that came this time are students of a course in computer recycling and recovery of electronic waste. Urban people with almost no previous contact with Nature in a wood.
Look at the pictures and see how "A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest" is.
We have another group of approximately 25 members from a Valença neighborhood to visit us tomorrow, September 4th. I will send photos of this other group when I have them.
Once again I would like to thank you for your support and donations that allow all this to happen.
Thank you very much.
Roberto Lamego

The road to Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
The road to Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary.
The entrance to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
The entrance to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Explaining our Rainforest project to students.
Explaining our Rainforest project to students.
On the road to our base. At the end of dry season.
On the road to our base. At the end of dry season.
At the base, rest and time for a snack.
At the base, rest and time for a snack.
Time for a talk at the new Visitor
Time for a talk at the new Visitor's Center.
Knowing a Evapotranspiration Bed sewage system.
Knowing a Evapotranspiration Bed sewage system.
Tree nursery and seedlings to be planted this year
Tree nursery and seedlings to be planted this year
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
On the trail to see agroforestry plantations.
Impossible not to climb the centennial mango tree
Impossible not to climb the centennial mango tree
Pillars of ancient aqueduct embraced by fig trees.
Pillars of ancient aqueduct embraced by fig trees.
The group.
The group.
Going back to the base.
Going back to the base.
The land is very dry. This day was a rainy day.
The land is very dry. This day was a rainy day.
Park rangers support from Serra da Concordia Park.
Park rangers support from Serra da Concordia Park.
The rainy day was not a problem for students group
The rainy day was not a problem for students group
A final picture before going back.
A final picture before going back.
End of "A Day in the Forest" in the clouds.
End of "A Day in the Forest" in the clouds.
 

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SALVEASERRA. Grupo Prot. Amb. Serra da Concordia

Location: Valenca, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
Project Leader:
Roberto Lamego
Technical director
Valença, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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