Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil

by SALVEASERRA. Grupo Prot. Amb. Serra da Concordia
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Principal site for the studies.
Principal site for the studies.
Hello donors and friends of the Project Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil.

This is just a brief report showing the biological importance of the mountains where the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary is situated, where scientific research is constantly being done.
This group, who recently visited us belongs to the State University of Rio de Janeiro who studies bats in the area since 2002 and has made many important discoveries, including new and unknown species.
Please see the attached photos.
At the moment the educational portion of our project, which welcomes students is suspended until I recover from the illness that affected me, but the part of the forest plantation and scientific research continue.
Thanks for your support and donations. We rely on them.
Roberto
Fixing the nets to capture bats.
Fixing the nets to capture bats.
Fixing the nets.
Fixing the nets.
Anoura caudifer species.
Anoura caudifer species.
Chorotopterus auritus.
Chorotopterus auritus.
Myotis nigricans
Myotis nigricans
Myotis riparius
Myotis riparius
Tagging Sturnira lilium sp. with necklace.
Tagging Sturnira lilium sp. with necklace.
Measurement of forearm.
Measurement of forearm.
Measurement of forearm.
Measurement of forearm.
Collection of feces.
Collection of feces.
Pick up loaded with saplings.
Pick up loaded with saplings.

Dear donors of the project "Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil".

As I said in the last report the educational part of this project is not occurring because of my medical problems, but the plantations at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary continues to run and this year we planted around 800 seedlings of palm trees, fruit trees and various hardwoods.

And we have already ordered another 800 seedlings from our supplier to be planted at the end of the year when the rains will start again.

Here you will see the acquisition of these seedlings and their delivery at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary.

Our mountain forest has very large biodiversity and a main importance as it is one of the last big remains of the Atlantic Rainforest in this region.

Because of this we have constantly teams from Rio de Janeiro State University and from the National Museum doing research on the area. At this moment we have a team studying bats, (more than 40 species already found) and another one researching plant parasites.

Please see attached pictures of a young Tropical Rat Snake, Spilotes pullatus, Caninana in Portuguese. These snakes can reach more than 2 meters.

This is another reason to continue our project although I cannot be present there all times.

I am negotiating with GlobalGiving about the best course for this project since I would not like to have it retired from the GlobalGiving site.

Wish me well and good health and thank you again for your support.

Roberto Lamego

More seedlings.
More seedlings.
Renato, the greenhouse owner and me.
Renato, the greenhouse owner and me.
Ready to go.
Ready to go.
On the road to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
On the road to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wildlife Sanctuary base.
Wildlife Sanctuary base.
Our greenhouse.
Our greenhouse.
Counting the seedlings.
Counting the seedlings.
The first delivery. Another load next week.
The first delivery. Another load next week.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Spilotes pullatus (caninana) Tropical Rat Snake.
Young Spilotes pullatus, Tropical Rat Snake.
Young Spilotes pullatus, Tropical Rat Snake.

Dear Donors.

This Project Update 2 is just to post pictures of the new Visitors Centre that is now finished and that was built in part with grants from the 2011 NEUTROGENA prize.

The Visitor Centre is composed in the first floor of one open saloon, a support room, a small bathroom and a big kitchen and on the second floor we have a broad and spacious room that can be used for lectures, projections and to lodge people when necessary.

We have also built in these new facilities a warehouse, another room and two leisure spaces, one under a tree.

As you will see we have now plenty of room to receive our guests and students for lectures, courses and more than one day activities.

Again I have to thank you all for making the construction of these buildings possible.

Roberto

  

Group of visitors. Students, teachers and parents
Group of visitors. Students, teachers and parents

Dear donors.

I am very pleased to announce that the construction of our new Visitor Centre, which was built in part with grants from the 2011 NEUTROGENA prize, is ready and it became very beautiful building as you can see in the pictures that follow attached.

With this new center can receive students and visitors with much more quality and comfort, allowing a much more pleasant visit to the Concordia Sierra Wildlife Sanctuary. New benches and tables were also made to better accommodate our visitors.

You will see a slideshow with the pictures of the first group of students, parents and teachers who visited us recently and we have already used the new facilities.

https://plus.google.com/photos/110709315454919422487/albums/5906043797069188401

Please click on the arrow on the right to see the photos of students, teachers and parents from Municipal School of Maria Gloria Giffoni, Valença, Rio de Janeiro Brazil, participating of a Ecological Trail in Atlantic Rainforest at the Concordia Sierra Wildlife Sanctuary.

However the work still continue as we are using these workers who built the Visitor Center to repair and fix the access road that was badly damaged and spoiled with the passage of many trucks that carried the materials for the construction of these facilities. As this is a mountain road we must protect it as much as we can to prevent the erosion that are caused by the torrential rains that we have every year and are a serious risk to road.

We also build a new gate.

The Agroforestry plantings of this year are over and we could plant something like 500 seedlings of palm, fruit trees and different kinds of woods.

I would like to thank again all your donations that make all this possible.

Thank you,

Roberto

Entering Wildlife Sanctuary.
Entering Wildlife Sanctuary.
The group on the road.
The group on the road.
Talking about the forest.
Talking about the forest.
Part of group by old coffee farm wall.
Part of group by old coffee farm wall.
Time for a snack.
Time for a snack.
Line for the slack line.
Line for the slack line.
Going to the projection room.
Going to the projection room.
First projection made for a group.
First projection made for a group.
Showing county forest remnants.
Showing county forest remnants.
A stroll on the forest.
A stroll on the forest.
Group before going back.
Group before going back.
On the trail going back home.
On the trail going back home.
Cave by the trail.
Cave by the trail.
The new Wildlife Sanctuary gate.
The new Wildlife Sanctuary gate.
Materials for the road.
Materials for the road.
Putting them in place.
Putting them in place.
Filling holes on the road.
Filling holes on the road.
Beginning to rain
Beginning to rain
We are placing these water carriers on the road.
We are placing these water carriers on the road.
Visitors Centre. First group to use the space.
Visitors Centre. First group to use the space.

Dear donors,

In this last period between reports not much happed in the field and our project has no schools or visitors groups to show you due to these factors: 1. I was recovering from my illness that reduced my capacity of displacement, 2. This period now it is Holiday time for schools in Brazil and only in March they will retake classes, 3. In November, Valença city had elections for a new Mayor and as we work mainly with municipal schools, a new effort will have to be made to approach the new Education Secretary responsible and present to them our “Day in the Atlantic Forest” educational and ecological trekking program and propose a partnership, and 4. We were still very busy building the new facilities that are taking a much longer time than we expected to finish. 

The Visitors Center, built partially with funds provided by the 2011 GlobalGiving/Neutrogena Wave of Change campaign prize, is practically finished and we are now furnishing it with chairs, benches and tables, cooking appliances, kitchen outfit and applying the finishing touches.

Just before Christmas we received a Jeep raid with 11 jeeps and about 30 participants that visited the Wildlife Sanctuary, the tree nursery, the agroforestry demonstration plots, the new Visitors Centre and were the first to seat at the tables we placed there for them. I am posting these pictures for you to see the building.

As the construction of the Visitors Center and other facilities at our base at the Concordia Mountains Wildlife Sanctuary are finishing, we are preparing and planning the 2013 activities that includes, beyond retaking our regular activities with schools and the agroforestry practices: 1. Create a new folder/ leaflet, 2. Expand our Day in the Atlantic Rainforest program to two other neighboring municipalities and 3. With these new facilities, start to give 2-5 days courses on ecology, environmental education, agroforestry and Permaculture at the Sanctuary.    

The rainy season came back with little rain and we started to plant this seedlings. We have a stock of about 1000 in our tree nursery.

Please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego

We have plenty of room with these new facilities.
We have plenty of room with these new facilities.
Katya showing the kitchen and dried fruit factory.
Katya showing the kitchen and dried fruit factory.
Group going to the multi use room.
Group going to the multi use room.
Tree nursery.
Tree nursery.
Tree nursery.
Tree nursery.
Tree nursery and agroforestry demonstration area.
Tree nursery and agroforestry demonstration area.
Agroforestry demonstration area.
Agroforestry demonstration area.
Jeeps.
Jeeps.
 

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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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