Guyana - Operation Wallacea

Guyana

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This is the most remote and toughest of all the expeditions but probably the one with the best sightings of forest based animals. There are limited spaces on the Guyana expeditions so these have been packaged into a 4 week and 2 week expedition.

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Expedition 1 – Guiana Shield forests and rivers

19th June – 2nd July
Expedition length: 2 weeks (2 weeks terrestrial only)

This expedition is to the spectacular Iwokrama forests on the Guiana Shield which has the same megafauna species and abundances as the best remaining parts of the Amazon. Of your two-week expedition, you will spend your first two days in the Iwokrama Forest research centre on the banks of the Essequibo River completing a lecture course on Guiana Shield wildlife and conservation, accompanied by practicals training you in some of the survey techniques being used. After that you will spend a week in a forest camp where surveys will be completed on forest structure, dung beetle communities, reptile and amphibian surveys from standard search transects and spotlighting at night, point counts, soundscape analysis and mist netting for birds, distance sampling to survey primates, patch occupancy and camera trapping for jaguars, pumas and other large mammals, mist netting and sound analysis surveys for bats. The last three days are spent on a boat survey along the Burro Burro River where you will be helping with water bird, giant river otter and arapaima surveys.

Expedition 2 – Guiana Shield forests and rivers

3rd July – 16th July
Expedition length: 2 weeks (2 weeks terrestrial only)

In this two-week expedition you will spend your first two days in the Iwokrama Forest research centre, on the banks of the Essequibo River, completing a lecture course on Guiana Shield wildlife and conservation. This is accompanied by practicals training you in some of the survey techniques being used. After that you will spend a week in a forest camp where surveys will be completed on forest structure, dung beetle communities, reptile and amphibian surveys from standard search transects and spotlighting at night, point counts, soundscape analysis and mist netting for birds, distance sampling to survey primates, patch occupancy and camera trapping for jaguars, pumas and other large mammals, mist netting and sound analysis surveys for bats. The last three days are spent on a boat survey along the Burro Burro River where you will be helping with water bird, giant river otter and arapaima surveys.

Expedition 3 – Guiana Shield forests and rivers

17th July – 30th July
Expedition length: 2 weeks (2 weeks terrestrial only)

Following the same format as for the other two-week expeditions, this expedition is to the spectacular Iwokrama forests on the Guiana Shield which has the same megafauna species and abundances as the best remaining parts of the Amazon. You will spend your first two days in the Iwokrama Forest research centre on the banks of the Essequibo River completing a lecture course on Guiana Shield wildlife and conservation accompanied by practicals training you in some of the survey techniques being used. After that you will spend a week in a forest camp where surveys will be completed on forest structure, dung beetle communities, reptile and amphibian surveys from standard search transects and spotlighting at night, point counts, soundscape analysis and mist netting for birds, distance sampling to survey primates, patch occupancy and camera trapping for the jaguars, pumas and other large mammals, mist netting and sound analysis surveys for the bats. The last three days are spent on a boat survey along the Burro Burro River where you will be helping with water bird, giant river otter and arapaima surveys. .

Expedition 4 – biodiversity and Neotropical megafauna of the Guiana Shield

19th June – 16th July
Expedition length: 4 weeks (4 weeks terrestrial only)

For four weeks, this expedition is to the spectacular Iwokrama forests on the Guiana Shield which has the same megafauna species and abundances as the best remaining parts of the Amazon. You will spend your first two days at the Iwokrama Forest research centre on the banks of the Essequibo river completing a lecture course on Guiana Shield wildlife and conservation, which is accompanied by practicals in the survey techniques being used at the research sites. After that you will survey a site where recent selective logging (only 1% of the trees by number and 5% by volume) has been completed, a second camp where harvesting was 3 – 4 years previously and a camp in wilderness forest that is not to be exploited in any way. These long-term datasets are designed to identify the impact of selective logging. Surveys will be completed on forest structure and dung beetle communities will be identified and assessed. Reptile and amphibian surveys from standard search transects will be completed together with spotlighting at night, point counts, soundscape analysis and mist netting for the birds, distance sampling transects for the primates, patch occupancy and camera trapping for jaguars, pumas and other large mammals and mist netting and sound analysis surveys for the bats. The last three days are spent on a boat survey along the Burro Burro River where you will be helping with water bird, giant river otter and arapaima surveys.

 

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