Many members of the ACG family are featured in this Teletica report on the ACG firefighters – Salvando el Bosque Seco. The video runs 17 minutes and is from the TV newsmagazine show 7 Dias (think 60 minutes for US-based folks). Contains nice drone footage of a controlled burn in the fire break and lots of commentary and background from Julio and Roger.
Take a look. This is well-deserved recognition for a group of people whose efforts underpin everything else that happens in the ACG.
The Restauración y Silvicultura program is starting a major tree planting initiative along the Pan-American highway to better connect the habitats of Santa Rosa with P.N. Guanacaste to the east. Read about it here.
Update 24 April 2016:
Vanessa Brenes writes to inform us that ACG researchers are invited to participate in an ‘ACG family’ planting day scheduled for Friday, June 10.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Agricultura & Recursos Naturales
Administración de Proyectos
Conservación de la Biodiversidad