The call for the III Course on Field Techniques and Tropical Ecology at the Cocha Cashu Biological Station is now open. This course is aimed at promoting the most talented students from Peruvian universities in courses in biology and related management and conservation of natural resources. There are ten vacancies for this year’s course, which will be held between August 31 and December 4. The deadline to submit your application is Monday, June 15, 2015.
As in previous years, successful candidates will only be required to cover their transport to the city of Cusco and a two-night stay. Transport, accommodation and meals between Cusco and the Station will be covered by the organizers thanks to the generous support of the Wallace Research Foundation and the Research Fund of the Condon family.
For more information you can download the 1ra Circular Curso Cocha Cashu 2015_esp or contact us at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We received funding last year from the UK-based Iris Darnton Foundation, through the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (University of Oxford), for the creation of a bilingual conservation education booklet, in Matsigenka and Spanish, for the Matsigenka communities in and around Manu. It is aimed at children but we hope it will appeal to all ages. The main protagonists are a Matsigenka boy acting as the voice of his community and a giant otter as flagship species of the aquatic environment in particular, and of Manu National Park as a whole. The story explores the worlds and perspectives of each, as well as key conservation issues, in a non-judgmental language and in an entertaining, highly visual way. The booklet is co-authored by Gregorio Perez (Matsigenka community leader) and Glenn Shepard and illustrated by a Cusco artist, Miguel Angel Achahuanco. It incorporates several Matsigenka fables contributed by Gregorio. 2000 copies of the booklet have been printed and will be distributed among Matsigenka families in the Manu region early 2015. You can download a PDF version of the book here: Tito intiri Chavaropana.compressed (6.82 MB).
This year’s ten Peruvian students have just successfully completed the three-month course at the Station and recently presented the results of their individual research projects to the Head of the Park, John Florez, and his team. You can find a list of the projects conducted by the students here: Alumnos Students_TEFT_2014.
Once again we received applications with a high standard which made it very difficult for us to decide. We therefore encourage those who did not make the final selection on this occasion to keep in touch with us for further opportunities and we wish them every success for the future.
We are delighted to announce the names of the ten successful candidates, selected on the basis of their academic background, the professionalism of their applications, their expressions of interest in the course, and their proposed projects:
Brenda Vaccari Paz
Claudia Salaza Ávilar
Emil Rivas Mogollón
Francisco Vásquez Arévalo
Isaú Cabrera Espíritu
Lisset Gómez Martinez
Misael Paz de Noboa Nores
Smilsa Montesinos Robles
Vania Tejeda Gómez
Many congratulations!! We greatly look forward to welcoming the ten successful candidates at the Station in early September!
Check out this blog by Jessica Groenendijk, Cocha Cashu’s Education and Outreach Coordinator, entitled Matsigenka Storytelling for Rain Forest Conservation!