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Catedral Collapses

Sadly, Catedral (a beautiful tree in some of our primary forest) collapsed recently, in late March. What does this mean for the forest? When such a huge biomass collapses, it creates a large gap in the forest, and the light penetrates to the ground. Light is energy, and energy leads to change. The ground dries out,

March Newsletter is out!

Check out all the goings on at the Jama-Coaque Reserve, and be sure to visit our Facebook page to see photos from the last couple of months!

Just a few spots left in the Spring 2014 PDC!

We still have spots available for the 2014 Spring Permaculture Design Course! Running April 6-17, the course is taught by Javier Carrera, from Ecuador’s leading grassroots organic agricultural organization Red de Guardianes de Semillas. Javier has been at the forefront of the permaculture and organic agriculture movement in Ecuador with over a decade of teaching experience

Planting gets underway!

This year we are planting 7,300 native timber trees into pasture land as part of an ongoing demonstration, proving that landowners CAN earn a comfortable living AND support biodiversity at the same time. Cattle ranching, aside from being a major agent of deforestation, does not support much beyond cattle and grass; native timber plantations provide

Endangered Brown Wood Turtle Found in Forest

Discovery alert! While on the Aguas Frias trail, TMA staff members Hannah and Marquez and intern Cassandra came across an injured Brown Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys annulate), considered Endangered in Ecuador. This little guy was found at approximately 500 meters in altitude, and got a free stay at the Bamboo House during his two-day nursing period.

Ocelot Spotted by Intern

Late Summer Intern Julie Steinke spotted an ocelot while out doing fieldwork recently! Her account of the sighting: "September 19, 2013, 3:30 pm: I was walking as silently as possible one afternoon through one of my transects that runs through a creek in a pasture near the reserve, looking for reptiles and amphibians, when I rounded

Intern Profile: Bianca Fierro

Intern Profile: Bianca Fierro, 26, El Paso, TX Bianca received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Economics from UT El Paso, and her Master's in Economics from Università di Bologna in Italy. She joins us at the Jama-Coaque Reserve as an ethnobotany surveyor, interviewing Camarones community members and collecting information on the traditional and

Third Millennium Alliance Goes Solar!

Let there be light! TMA is running an online campaign through GoFundMe to bring solar power to the Jama-Coaque Reserve. As we move toward our goal of being completely self-sustainable in the next ten years at the Reserve, we have been given the chance to purchase solar power at a discounted price from Nokero, a solar

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