Earthwatch Brazil Conservation Project
- The Araguaia River corridor is a natural connection between the highly fragmented and threatened cerrado and the vast wilderness of the Amazonian rainforest, a stronghold for many species. At the headwaters of the river lies Emas National Park, where species such as the jaguar, puma, maned-wolf, tapir, and giant anteater roam. You’re needed to help find out how these species are using the land around the Park. This is especially important now, as the rapid expansion of sugar cane in the area for biofuel production may work as a barrier for these animals as they move through the corridor. - You’ll record and map the occurrence of the indicator species, and analyze these data to understand which factors influence the presence of these species in this region. - You’ll help install camera traps around the sugar cane plantations to record the species that use these areas. (The odds that you’ll see a jaguar in person are very, very slim.) In addition, we will use specially trained scat-detector dogs to seek out feces of the species of interest. - If you’re lucky, you may have the opportunity to help equip individual animals with radio transmitters to monitor their movements and learn about their spatial demands and habitat use - however animal handling such as this occurs rarely, and cannot be guaranteed during your expedition. - Volunteers who enjoy working directly with dogs will have plenty of opportunities to help with the care of the trained dogs used by the project. (Volunteers who prefer not to work directly with dogs will be able to perform other tasks, but all volunteers should be comfortable around dogs.)
At 0900am meet the driver in hotel lobby. Volunteers will then be transferred to the project site in the early evening with stops and breaks for lunch along the way. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the camp site.
We start with an early breakfast at 0730am before beginning our introduction with the research team about the project activities, equipment and schedule while you are here. There will be afternoon activities and in the evening a project presentation.
Start morning field activities, Return from the field, siesta, Afternoon activities (data input, preparation for next field day, etc.), Enjoy a presentation or documentary about the project and other JCF activities (depending on the weather, we may go out to the field for nocturnal fauna census).
Recreational day: depending on the weather and availability, the team may plan to visit Araguaia springs.
Departure from research site back to Goiânia by bus. Considering the unpredictability of bus travel and the possibility of late arrival in Goiânia, volunteers should schedule their flights out of Goiânia either very late (after 8:00 p.m.) or for the next day, and plan to stay overnight at their own expense.
Departure Days (2013)
03Jul13 03Aug13 03Oct13 03Nov13
Comfort Suites Flamboyant Hotel, Goiânia, Brazil
- Accommodation at the project - Meals - Training onsite - Pre-departure guides and information
- Travel Insurance - Departure airport tax - Tourist Visa - Personal expenses - Transfer not included from the airport
Transfers are included from Goiana to research site and back. On the last day of the project, volunteers will travel by bus from the research site back to Goiânia. From the bus station, volunteers will take a taxi to the airport or their hotel at their own expense.