July 28, 2010

In the heart of the Monsoon!

 Experience the life giving rains.

At the end of August, the rains in Agumbe are still punishingly heavy. However, there is a good chance that there’ll be a little sun in between. It is an interesting time. Most of the reptiles and amphibians have been taking shelter through the main leg of the monsoon and some of them begin to move again with the few breaks in the rain.
Gerry Martin will be heading up to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station to experience this transition. We will be staying at the research station, in tents. We will explore the surrounding streams and forests and understand how various animals adapt to this wet clime. We will also learn about taxonomy of reptiles, ecological research methods, outdoor skills and guidelines for safe functioning in the wilderness.
The workshop will be a combination of activities and presentations. Some of the aspects we will address are: • Rainforest ecology
• Canopy Access
•Stream Ecology
•Snake Taxonomy
• Snakebite treatment and first aid
•Night survey techniques

We will be staying in tents set on concrete platforms with a tarpaulin shelter over them. The bathrooms are permanent structures with hot and cold running water.
 Program Dates: 27th to 29th August, 2010. (The group leaves Bangalore by overnight bus to Agumbe on the 26th and returns early in the morning of the 30th.)
If you are interested in joining or need more details, please get in touch with Gerry on gerry@gerrymartin.in

Photo Credit : Benjamin Tapley (www.frogshot.co.uk)