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Course: Tropical Field Biology and Primatology

Organisation: PrimatesPeru

Country: Peru

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Course: Tropical Field Biology and Primatology

COURSE DATES

Winter 2013: December 27 – January 10; deadline: November 20, 2013

Early Summer 2014: May 20 to June 10; deadline April 15, 2014

Late Summer 2014: July 20 to August 10; deadline June 15, 2014

 

LOCATION:

Los Amigos Biological Field Station, in southeastern Peru.

 

TRAINING MODULES:

Rainforest Well-Being: How to be safe in the rainforest and learn from its inhabitants non-invasively.

Working On/Off-Trail: How to navigate a changing trail system, remain oriented, use a compass and GPS to navigate from anywhere back onto a trail or to camp, and track animal movements.

Rainforest Natural History: This module will focus on the natural history of birds, mammals and plants and will span the entire course.

Biodiversity Monitoring: For larger mammals and ground-dwelling birds: camera-traps, line transects.; For invertebrate variation: pit-traps, Shannon traps, releasing ALL specimens collected unharmed; For plant diversity: phenology plots, tree tagging/morphometrics. Extra activity: Pug-mark monitoring to to track animals by their footprints, casts of which participants can take home with them. 

Tracking Arboreal Mammals: How to track and monitor radio collared primate using radio telemetry and vocalizations. 

Animal Behavior: Techniques of recording observational data on behavior and use binoculars to track arboreal fauna. 

Sampling Techniques: We will collect samples non-invasively, under the umbrella of the tamarin project, and then demonstrate sterile technique, sample storage, and on-site sample processing for hormone analyses, genetics, and parasitological evaluations.

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