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Rainforest Ecology Workshop June 2012

Rainforest Ecology Workshop June 2012

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A week-end experiential learning workshop to understand the dynamics in a rainforest eco system
A week-end experiential learning workshop to understand the dynamics in a rainforest eco system

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Published by: Conan Dumenil on May 28, 2012
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In the heart of the Monsoon

Experience the life giving rains
Rainforest EcologyWorkshop 15 to 17th June 2012

The beginning of June is a very interesting time in the Western Ghats. Everything is prepared for and waiting for the rains to come. The few early showers have already caused an explosion of life and amphibians and insects abound. Snakes, lizards and other small predators come out in great numbers to feast on this abundance and many species will have timed the arrival of their progeny with this season. The Gerry Martin Project will be heading up to the Agumbe Rainforest Research Station to experience this transition. We will be staying at the research station, in tents and explore the surrounding streams and forests to understand how various animals adapt to this wet clime. By July, the rains in Agumbe are punishingly heavy and most life seems to simply hunker down and wait out the next two months and potentially six meters of rain! This is the perfect time to experience the smaller wildlife and see various interactions and adaptations. 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 topics we will cover are: • Rainforest ecology • Canopy Access • Stream Ecology • Snake Taxonomy • Night survey techniques • Camera Trapping • Ecological survey Techniques When: 15th to 17th June 2012 Where: Agumbe Rainforest Research Station Logistics: We stay in tents set on concrete platforms with a tarpaulin shelter over them. The bathrooms are permanent structures with hot and cold running water. The group leaves Bangalore by overnight bus to Agumbe on the 14th night and returns early in the morning on the 18th.

If you are interested in joining or need more details, please get in touch with Conan on conan@gerrymartin.in or call on +91-9972068300.

33, Carmelaram Post, Chikkabelandur, Sarjapur Road Bangalore 560035 Phone: 080 -65700638 www.gerrymartin.in

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