ACG research into forest recovery in Nature

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A group that includes current and former ACG researchers Justin Becknell, Jennifer Powers, Arturo Sanchez, and Nate Swenson has published a study of biomass resilience in secondary neotropical forests. The study draws on data collected from the ACG, among other sites, and was published in Nature magazine.

Poorter, L., Bongers, F., Aide, T. M., Almeyda Zambrano, A. M., Balvanera, P., Becknell, J. M., … Chazdon, R. L. (2016). Biomass resilience of Neotropical secondary forests. Nature, advance online publication. http://doi.org/10.1038/nature16512

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New US regulations for newt and salamander import

From Roger Blanco:

Public Bulletin 1-13-2016 Listing of 201Salamanders as Injurious

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Does research help to safeguard protected areas?

In a 2013 article titled Does research help to safeguard protected areas?, William Laurance asks if researchers provide some protective effects to biodiversity by their very presence in conserved wildlands. His answer is a qualified yes. The abstract is below:

Although many protected areas are foci for scientific research, they also face growing threats from illegal encroachment and overharvesting. Does the presence of field researchers help to limit such threats? Although evidence is largely anecdotal, researchers do appear to provide some protective effects, both actively (such as by deterring poachers) and passively (such as by benefiting local communities economically and thereby generating support for protected areas). However, much remains unknown about the generality and impacts of such benefits. A key priority is to develop a better understanding of the advantages and limitations of field research for aiding protected areas and their biodiversity.

Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Volume 28, Issue 5, May 2013, Pages 261–266, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2013.01.017

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Merry Christmas, here’s some ACG wildlife!

Merry Christmas from IACG! To brighten your holiday we’re sharing some camera trap photos from the Maritza Biological Station. Station biologist Rafa Morales of Stroud has set up the cameras over the water pipe trail in order to start monitoring the wildlife that depends on the quebradas. Thanks for sharing Rafa!

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New documents from SINAC

SINAC CR has new documents that may be of interest to the ACG community up on their ISSUU Page.

The first is the strategy for adaptation to climate change 2015-2025. The second is a one-sheet on improvements to physical infrastructure in the national parks – that shows the scope of the current work at Rincón de la Vieja and compares it to projects that are ongoing in Tortugero and Corcovado.

link to sinac issue page adaptationlink to sinac issue page avances en las obras

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Digitizing the ACG library – first steps

A long-term goal of IACG has been to support the ACG in the creation of a digital repository. One key step in that process is converting some of the existing resources in the ACG library to digital form. We are happy to be employing long-time ACG volunteer Felipe Pizarro to work on this effort. Federico Matarrita is supervising the training and helping with the creation of digital infrastructure.

Felipe and Federico scanning historical ACG documents

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Climate projections and updates on 2015 rainfall and el niño event

IMN climate prediction: Nov 2015 Jan 2016

IMN COENOS MINAE analysis of 2015 rainy season

IMN report on status of el niño weather event

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Review of Camera trap Studies

The attached document reviews Camera Trap studies that have been conducted in Costa Rica between 1998 and 2015. Thanks to Roger Blanco for forwarding. I attach the message below from study author Adolfo Artavia.

MAPCOBIO Diagnostico estudios camaras trampa Costa Rica (Artavia 2015) (10.7 MB pdf)

Saludos a todas y todos,

Es un gusto para nosotros compartirles el documento: Diagnóstico de estudios con cámaras trampa en Costa Rica (1998-mayo 2015)
Como recordarán, dicho esfuerzo fue realizado por el Proyecto MAPCOBIO a inicios de año y compartido de manera oral con los investigadores que pudieron asistir al taller del pasado 27 de mayo.

En el trabajo adjunto podrán encontrar texto, cuadros, figuras y mapas que resumen la información aportada por los investigadores.
(Nos disculpamos por la demora en hacerles llegar este documento ya que tuvo que pasar por varias revisiones)

Esperamos que sea del agrado y utilidad para uds.
Cualquier consulta adicional o comentarios para futuras actualizaciones de la información, con mucho gusto.

Nuevamente muchas gracias por su interés y colaboración.

Adolfo Artavia
Agricultura & Recursos Naturales
Administración de Proyectos
Conservación de la Biodiversidad

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Community Meetings – Costa Rican Big Cats

All IACG members have been invited by Ronit Amit of the University of Florida to participate in a series of community meetings on the topic of coexistence of big cats and local communities in Costa Rica. Please see the detailed information below if you are interested in participating.

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Saludos compañeros,
Espero que se encuentren muy bien. Les escribo para extenderles la más cordial invitación para las reuniones con comunidades y actores clave como parte del proyecto “Fomentando la Convivencia con Felinos en Costa Rica”. Ver adjunto.
El objetivo del proyecto es crear una propuesta de Plan de Incentivos para Convivir con Felinos, para lo que empezamos en mayo con un taller con finqueros y representantes comunitarios; luego la propuesta de ellos pasó a revisión por un panel de expertos en dos rondas y ahora tenemos el tercer borrador para que sea validado por las comunidades.

La participación de proyectos, investigadores, ICE y SINAC es crucial. ¿Podrían ustedes ayudarnos a trasmitir la invitación?

Les adelanto que se discutirá los siguientes temas:
– Creación de una organización nacional de comunidades que conviven con felinos
– Establecimiento de mecanismos de diálogo
– Asistencia técnica a finqueros afectados (similar al quehacer de la UACFel!)
– Creación de un sello o marca para productos de comunidades con felinos
– Establecimiento de un PSA por conservaciónn de biodiversidad comunitario
– Desarrollo de un esquema de seguro ganadero y/o compensación de pérdidas

¡Los esperamos!

Ronit Amit R., PhD candidate
Dept. Wildlife Ecology and Conservation- Univ. of Florida
Programa GENTE Y FAUNA – Asoc. Confraternidad Guanacasteca

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Video of ACG Researcher Amanda Melin

This video produced by Washington University in St. Louis features the work of ACG researcher Amanda Melin. In the video she describes her work on color vision syndromes in the white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus).

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