Explore the Spectacular Nature and culture of the Peruvian Amazon!

Mark Your Calendar for CECCOT’s 2019 Programs

We provide programs in Birding, Photography & Beyond

Our programs offer you the amazing opportunity to be part of conservation, education, and community engagement in one of the most biodiverse regions on our planet!

New program for September 2019!!

Tropical and Avian Ecology of Amazonian Peru

Tues 24 Sept – Thurs 3 Oct


 

24 Sept - 3 Oct 2 2019

Tropical and Avian Ecology of Amazonian Peru

Are you ready for 10 days in the Amazon Rainforest of Southeastern Peru? Have you ever dreamt of helping protect rainforests? Would you like to learn about bird and tropical ecology while taking part in meaningful biodiversity conservation research? This experiential course will expand your appreciation of nature while also adding to your resume.

Join tropical avian ecologist Dr. Susan Willson for ten days in the lowland rainforest of Madre de Dios, Amazonian Peru. This program includes a deep exploration of the biodiversity and ecology of the spectacular bird fauna of this area, with hands-on training in bird capture techniques, data collection, and ecological field methods. The course will also offer a rare opportunity to examine bird plumage variation by species, age and sex up-close on birds in the hand. Birds will be individually marked for long-term monitoring, and released at the site of capture. We plan to work in different habitat types around the reserve and will leave plenty of time for independent exploration of the reserve’s rainforest. In addition to bird ecology, the course will focus on how ecology and evolution have made this area one of the most biodiverse places in the world. The program also includes an overnight field trip to Lake Sandoval (more birds and giant river otters!), a morning excursion to a canopy bridge system, and a visit to a parrot claylick. An optional add-on post-trip to Machu Picchu is offered from Cusco with Dr. Willson (contact her directly for this add-on trip)

Topics covered in this 10D/9N English-language course:

- ecology and evolution of tropical biodiversity.

- taxonomy and identification of rainforest birds, mammals and plants.

- morning mist-netting sessions to catch understory birds, discussion of banding techniques, and instruction on use of mist nets. Students will be provided guided instruction in mist net set-up and management, and will assist in recording data.

-bird walks that focus on identification and learning birds by sound, as well as searching for mammals and their tracks.

-discussion of conservation issues faced in Madre de Dios region, Peru, and their solutions.

-a visit to a Brazil nut processing center, where local people (mostly women) attain sustainable work.

-how ecotourism, sustainable development and agroforestry projects are enabling local Peruvians to conserve the rainforest.

Dates:

Monday 23 Sept (day 1, 10 am), course runs until Weds 2 Oct (10 am)

Instructor: Dr. Susan Willson

Dr. Susan Willson is a tropical avian ecologist with over two decades of research experience in Amazonian Peru. She has led field courses and student expeditions in Peru, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. She is a master bird bander and loves teaching students about the natural history and ecology of tropical rainforests. She currently teaches courses on rain forest ecology, ornithology, general ecology, Adirondack ecology, and bird banding as an Assoc. Professor of Biology at St. Lawrence University in New York state.

Dr. Susan Willson is a tropical avian ecologist with over two decades of research experience in Amazonian Peru. She has led field courses and student expeditions in Peru, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. She is a master bird bander and loves teaching students about the natural history and ecology of tropical rainforests. She currently teaches courses on rain forest ecology, ornithology, general ecology, Adirondack ecology, and bird banding as an Assoc. Professor of Biology at St. Lawrence University in New York state.

In addition to learning hands-on, your work will contribute important data to our conservation efforts, as we continue to monitor biodiversity and bird populations in our region. CECCOT is a nonprofit fully dedicated to conservation, sustainability, and education in the Madre de Dios of Peru. There will be significant interaction with the local community.

There will also be time to explore the jungle! This includes hiking and some canoeing. We will visit a clay lick to observe colorful parrots and macaws. Abundant wildlife viewing is at every turn.

One overnight trip to Lago Sandoval will be included. This is one of the best places in the Amazon to see GIANT OTTERS and even more species of birds!

Setting: The program will take place at the Centro de Education, Ciencia y Conservacion Tambopata (CECCOT) - Hacienda Herrera. Our mission is to promote conservation education and research of the region’s natural history with a minimal human footprint. The facilities are jungle-inspired with thatch-covered shared rooms, a large and comfortable common area, excellent food (natural & fresh, local, mostly vegetarian and sustainable), and with plenty of purified water (and fresh coffee!). You will be comfortable!

Lodging facilities: Shared rooms with comfortable shared bathrooms. Solar-powered electricity is available. We don’t have Wi-Fi, but some cell phones are able to connect (Be assured that we have an emergency phone one in site, along with local cell coverage in the field).

Weather: Potential rain and muddy trails, mosquitoes, and heat . . . it is the rainforest! Our center is not a luxury lodge, but rather a place that is designed to blend with nature.

** ALL LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE WELCOME TO APPLY

Qualifications:

1. Eagerness to contribute to conservation of biodiversity

2. Ability to spend 10 days in the Amazon Rainforest

3. Experience with hiking and camping is useful

4. Further academic or volunteer experience is not required, but should be noted if relevant

5. Yellow fever vaccine required

6. Travel insurance required

The cost for this experience is $1150 (instruction, room&board and local field trips). We will be accepting participant registration through 30 August at the latest. Airfare costs to Puerto Maldonado not included.

In addition to registering above, please email Dr. Susan Willson, phlegopsis@gmail.com with your interest.



The SKY is the LIMIT for VOLUNTEERS at CECCOT! 

 

We are open to a variety of ideas for volunteering.

It is our goal to engage with local and international communities and work together toward our common goals.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with your ideas and questions regarding volunteer opportunities with CECCOT and Hacienda Herrera.

From teaching local children, working in the organic gardens, helping with trail maintenance, volunteering in the town of Puerto Maldonado, starting your own unique project, and more.


Bird banding Photos

It's an amazing experience to hold a bird in your hand and value its place in the ecosystem & the world!

Ursula Valdez     ,    co-founder of CECCOT   ,    leads a group in banding birds within our conservation area.

Ursula Valdez, co-founder of CECCOT, leads a group in banding birds within our conservation area.

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