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Subject: Field Course in Ornithology: Amazon to Andes - The Birds of Peru

Course page: https://fieldprojects.org/course/amazon2andes/

Dates: Dec. 26 - Jan. 7 (2-week session) or Dec. 26 - Jan. 13 (3-week session)

Location: Los Amigos Biological Station - Inkaterra Guides Field Station - Wayqecha, Peru

Registration Deadline: November 6, 2017, or until slots are filled

Course Description:

In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on the decline of avian populations, primarily due to habitat loss and climate change. Bird surveys give us information on avian population dynamics and habitat quality to assist us in making conservation decisions to reverse, or at least stem, this decline. The Amazon rainforest is one of the richest regions in the world in terms of bird species; more than 1000 species have been reported there, including 256 endemic species. Going west from the Amazon are the mighty Andes mountains, one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. This course will take place at sites in three major ecosystems: the Los Amigos Biological Field Station in terra firme Amazonian forests, the Inkaterra Field Station in flood-plain forests, and an additional option to visit the Wayqecha Biological Field Station, in cloud forest. 

Highlights:

  • Explore two of the most biodiverse areas in the world for avifauna – the lowland Amazon rainforest (palm swamp and terra firme forests) and the Andean cloud forests of Peru. 
  • Climb a 60-foot tower in the lowland rainforest to get a birds-eye view of rainforest canopy at Los Amigos.
  • Hike over a quarter of a mile on the iconic Inkaterra Rainforest Canopy Walkway, 98 metres above the ground.
  • Explore the cloud forest from a 146-metre long canopy walkway, stretched between four towers at Wayqecha.
  • Conduct a mist-netting survey of birds in the lowland Amazon rainforest.
  • Explore a variety of ecosystems- oxbow lakes, riverine successional forests, and aguajal or palm swamps in the lowland field site. For an additional bonus, stay on for a week to get see an entirely different ecosystem and avian community in the cloud forests of the Andes
  • Optionally stay on after the field course in Cusco to explore iconic archaeological sites such as Machhu Picchu. 

Program Costs:

The fee for this course depends on whether you choose the two-week or three-week option. For two weeks it is $2500 and for three weeks the fee is $3200, and includes the following:

  • Food and lodging for the entire course.
  • Transportation from Puerto Maldonado to Los Amigos and back, and the same for Inkaterra.
  • If you choose to take the 3-week course, you will also be transported from Cusco to Wayqecha and back.
  • Experienced instructors and field equipment.

This course fee does NOT include:

  • International travel to and from Puerto Maldonado, Peru.
  • Local flight from Puerto Maldonado to Cusco.
  • Travel or health insurance (proof of health insurance is required for course attendance).
  • Rubber boots, binoculars, flashlight and insect repellent (all of which are required to take this course).

Financial Aid:

Scholarships: This year, we are offering two scholarships to attend this course, one targeting a Peruvian citizen and the other is open to applicants of other nationalities. For the application details please visit our scholarships page (https://fieldprojects.org/participate/courses-2/scholarships/)

Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: FPI can now provide a peer-to-peer crowd funding platform for all field course students. You will be able to make your own fundraising page to share with your contacts and social networks. At the end of the fundraising period, FPI will issue a discount code to you for 100% of the funds that you have raised. You would then enter this code as you make your final course payment. If you raise enough to cover all (or part) of your initial reservation fee, you would be refunded that portion as well. Please note that funds raised in excess of your program fees will be rolled into our scholarship fund. Also, if you withdraw from the course at any time, your donors cannot get a refund. In this case, all of those funds would also roll over into our scholarship fund for other students. To set up this option, please register for a course, first, and then contact us at info@fieldprojects.org to set up your fundraising page.

For further details and to register visit the course page, https://fieldprojects.org/course/amazon2andes/


Field Projects International <info@fieldprojects.org>
Thursday, September 21, 2017

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