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  • Overview
  • Objectives
  • Costs to Consider
  • Site Conditions

The flooded forests of the Peruvian Amazon support over 440 bird species. More than 135 understorey bird species have been recorded within the flooded forest field sites. On this project mist netting will be used to collect data on the tropical understorey bird assemblages in flooded and transitional forests, offering valuable information on the lower and mid-storey birds not recorded by other methods. Mist nets are set for 5 days in each location and riverine habitat, open understorey flooded forests, levee forests, transitional upland forests and palm swamps are surveyed. The number of repeats on each habitat type is largely influenced by the water levels experienced each year. A series of morphological measurements are recorded for each captured bird and birds are ringed before their release. The project could focus on a variety of topics and utilise previous datasets. One project could identify the abundance of species found in different habitat types and their response to different water levels. Another project could look at the species and abundance differences between transitional and flooded forest landscapes.

Extended Dissertation Summary

If you would like to do a dissertation or thesis with us but your university hasn’t started dissertation planning or the project selection process, that’s no problem. You can cancel your expedition with zero cancellation charges up until the 15th of April of if you provide documentation from your university saying that they won’t support completing a dissertation project with us.

Peru - Amazonian Research Objectives

The primary study site is an area of seasonally flooded forest that connects the Pacaya-Samira National Reserve and the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Community Reserve. Surveys are conducted in the forest and white-water systems of the Lower Yarapa River from the confluence with the Amazon upriver towards its origin in the Ucayali river. A secondary field site extends from a base within an Amazonian community in the Tamshiyacu Tahuayo Community Reserve, surveying the black water system of the Tahuayo River and surrounding forests. The overarching goal of this project is to help conserve the Peruvian Amazon through field research that provides the science base for biodiversity conservation. Community-based conservation dominates the landscape of the western Amazon with large community-based reserves, community co-managed reserves and indigenous territories covering 98,800km². Opwall teams work closely with local communities, with particular areas of focus studying sustainable use of fish and bushmeat to support community management, and monitoring the recovery of endangered species such as giant river otter and jaguar populations. The flooded forests (várzea) of this area are particularly susceptible to global climate change which appears to be increasing the frequency of extreme flooding events and low water periods. Research will be conducted into how wildlife and people have been impacted by recent historic floods and droughts, especially in the flooded forests where effects have been devastating for terrestrial mammals, such as tapir, peccaries, armadillos and large rodents. Opwall teams contribute to one of the most extensive datasets in the Amazon and this information, managed by our Peruvian partners Fund Amazonia, is showing the impact of climate change on a range of taxa and on the livelihoods of indigenous people. It is being used to inform management decisions for community reserves and protected areas, and policy decisions for conserving the Peruvian Amazon.

  • Opwall fee
  • Cost of international flights in to and out of Iquitos.
  • Cost of internal travel – which includes transport to and from the start and end points of the expedition, plus any hotels you might require. This costs around £143 or $207 on average. Extra nights’ accommodation in Iquitos costs around £23 or $33.
  • Park entrance fees – £22 or $32.
  • Vaccinations and prophylactic medicines – cost can vary depending on your healthcare provider.
  • All prices in GBP or USD unless specified.

Climate
The temperature varies very little in the area where we are based in Peru. It averages between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius (70 and 90 Fahrenheit). The humidity will usually always be over 75%, which can make it feel quite hot and sticky. During the evenings, the temperature drops and it can feel much cooler but still usually stays around 20 degrees.

Fitness level required

Climate
The temperature varies very little in the area where we are based in Peru. It averages between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius (70 and 90 Fahrenheit). The humidity will usually always be over 75%, which can make it feel quite hot and sticky. During the evenings, the temperature drops and it can feel much cooler but still usually stays around 20 degrees.

Fitness level required
Low. This is a terrestrial based survey so you can expect to have a small hike into the forest. There are no hills but the terrain can be muddy and quite uneven. You will also be expected to assist with putting up and taking down the mist nets. This survey will start quite early in the morning..

Creature comforts
Facilities in Peru are on a research boat where you will sleep in bunk beds in a shared cabin. The bathroom is also shared and you can expect hand flushed toilets and cold showers. You will have no cell phone signal or wifi.

Creature comforts
Facilities in Peru are on a research boat where you will sleep in bunk beds in a shared cabin. The bathroom is also shared and you can expect hand flushed toilets and cold showers. You will have no cell phone signal or wifi.

Locations

  • Peru
  • Rio Amazonas and the historical river boats
  • Community Lodging

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