It’s a relaxing boat ride down from near Patria to the MLC.
Yellow was fashionable this season.
Waldo was sent to us as our guide for a few days. We were fortunate enough to
have him point out the birds to us down the river. However, it became
somewhat repetitive when he would disrupt the peaceful journey with a loud
shout of, “Road-side hawk!!!” We were all like, yes, we get it
Yadvinder and I disembark the boats and walk to the MLC.
When we set up the new 1 ha (100 m x 100 m) plot, my team of artists and
scientists quickly saw me change from relaxed Josh to slave-driver Josh. They
soon understood the logistical challenges that we are faced with in tropical
ecology and the organizational management of efficiency that I direct.
Needless to say, our team ended the day well ahead of all the other teams in
the amount of data collected, and I bought them all beer.
Artist Daro Montag gives
me a diameter reading.
Rhian checks out my scribbles.
Hannah is intent on not only marking with a knife where we need the
measurements taken, but also on etching some pretty pictures along side with
The next day we went to check on Joel’s work nearby the MLC. Joel is
the lone social scientist grad student in our group, and he asks the
community what it would take for them to conserve their forests.
We check out a reforestation project that was planted with banana trees to
provide not only carbon sequestration, but also the fruit commodity to
sustain livelihoods. Unfortunately, it appeared that the leaf cutter ants
were just starting to move in and take down the trees one by one.
The interesting flower of the banana trees.
Group photo with Cape Farewell and Quinn on
the far right.