Conservation

Mis sueños hechos realidad

Nací en Piura, una región al norte de Perú. A los 16 años junto con mis amigos tomé la decisión de salir de mi pueblo para dedicarme a trabajar. Trabajé en diferentes lugares e hice nuevos amigos, como también decidí viajar a Puerto Maldonado. He trabajado en diferentes trabajos durante toda mi vida, uno de … Read more

On my way

I have had a strange fascination with frogs since I was young, and for a long time, I asked myself why. Some years ago I decided to stop questioning myself and start thinking about how I could use this weird but strong passion to help these vulnerable animals. Here is where my journey into conservation … Read more

In the Garden of Deeden: Rain Harvesting with Rain Barrels

The Amazon rainforest is masterful at capturing and dispersing rainfall: bromeliads, pitcher shaped plants, drip tips. But what to do in a northern urban homestead? Water is a precious and limited resource.  In many places, people don’t think much about it. They turn on the tap, and potable water flows out. Increasingly, however, we’re hearing … Read more

I Know That I Know Nothing: Reflections on Hunting and Conservation in the Amazon

The forest was pitch black, its darkness amplified by the night. All I could see was a dense rainforest lit by a flickering flashlight held in one hand by Foca, an Indigenous man from a local community, while he paddled the canoe with the other hand. It was June and the water level was at … Read more

¿Por qué debemos conservar los bosques?

No he encontrado manera de responder esta pregunta sin conectarla con lo que me ha movido durante los últimos años a dar cada paso de aprendizaje sobre la vida en “el monte” (como la llamamos coloquialmente en Madre de Dios).  Cinco años atrás, en un proceso de recopilación de materiales audiovisuales para difundir información amena … Read more

A Treeless Forest

Collapsing to the floor and rattling the earth, an ancient, 50-meter tree now lays on its side below the intense tropical sun. The residual hole in the canopy instantly exposes the once-shaded understory, and the race is on. A seed from the massive kapok tree (Ceiba pentandra) germinates almost immediately and springs into action, shooting … Read more

In the Garden of Deeden: Worms Eat My Garbage

The average American generates about a pound of food waste/day. Have you ever heard of vermicomposting, also known as worm composting? Even as a little girl, I was fascinated with worms – don’t ask me why. However, I did try to save worms I found on the driveway after it rained. Although I started a … Read more

Six Tips for Ethical Monkey Photography

Photographing monkeys in the wild is an incredibly exciting and rewarding challenge. However, in our excitement there are times when we may not realize that we are not practicing ethical wildlife photography, potentially causing unintentional harm to wildlife and putting their lives at risk. Many of these responsible practices were not intuitive to me when … Read more

In the Garden of Deeden: Breaking Ground

May 17th was the 16th anniversary of me moving into the home that my friends dubbed “Deeden.” My dear friend has been urging me to blog about my homesteading lifestyle for over a decade. He finally hooked me. Our friendship really began after we participated in an ACEER workshop –From the Andes to the Amazon. … Read more

A spider monkey tale, part 1

I have known all my life that I was going to dedicate my life to help animals in need. As a young girl I had no idea where I would eventually end up, but I had started making my plans. After I finished high school, I immediately started a Bachelor’s in Animal Management. Initially, I … Read more

Start from your backyard

I’ve always been influenced by my peers’ interests and my lecturers’ adventures since I began my studies in conservation. I thought that to become a successful conservationist I needed to travel to tropical jungles and remote seas and work with flagship species such as large cats and venomous snakes. Driven by that thought, I left … Read more

Can We Learn From Our Mistakes? A Tale of Two Forests

I was immersed in half-empty forest fragments, surrounded by concrete or pastures, for most of my life. The once-thriving Atlantic Forest along Brazil’s coast was burned and razed over centuries of development, leaving behind mostly small and degraded patches of forest that account for less than 30% of its original extent. However, an incredible amount … Read more

The Indigenous Communities of the Amazon and Their Fight Against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic caught the world by surprise, sweeping across countries in only weeks, leaving no part of the world safe. The news provides daily coverage of international COVID-19 statistics; however, it rarely mentions  the people of indigenous communities and their perilous struggle with the pandemic. While COVID-19 has been a difficult adjustment for people … Read more

3 Birds From The Amazon You Can See In The US

There are several bird species that spend winter in the northern South-American Tropics and migrate to the US East Coast for the spring. Three of these birds whose habitats are affected by these threats are the Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting and Bicknell’s Thrush.

A Conversation on Climate Change

Where we are, where we are heading… Join Dr. Roger Mustalish and Dr. Paul Morgan of the ACEER Foundation as they discuss the ramifications of climate change on human health and how the Amazon Rainforest is a critical component to the overall health of ecosystems around the world. <br /> Sources: Center for Disease Control … Read more