The trees are the foundation of the forest, providing the structure, shelter, nesting sites, and food for all the inhabitants. (Photo by Liz Condo)

Part IV: Reflection

November 25, 2014

Reflections: November 25, 2014 By Leeanne Alonso The forests of the Upper Berbice region of eastern Guyana are truly amazing. It was a privilege to be able to study these forests, the most pristine, undisturbed forests that most of the survey team have ever encountered in Guyana, or within the entire neotropics. The forests at Read more

Meshach set out on a mission to see up close and for the first time a hummingbird called the crimson topaz. (Photo by Andrew Snyder)

Part III: Berbice White Sands Camp

October 7, 2014

At the end of September 2014, a team of intrepid researchers set out into the wilds of eastern Guyana on the northern coast of South America, to track down and document the region’s abundant wildlife, ranging from the small invertebrate (bullet ants) to larger mammals (puma). The forests of south-central Guyana are among the least Read more

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Part II: Berbice River Camp

October 7, 2014

At the end of September 2014, a team of intrepid researchers set out into the wilds of eastern Guyana on the northern coast of South America, to track down and document the region’s abundant wildlife, ranging from the small invertebrate (bullet ants) to larger mammals (puma). The forests of south-central Guyana are among the least Read more

Isaac Johnson (Uncle Johnno) keys out plants with the field guide. (Photo by Liz Condo)

Part I: Meet the team

October 6, 2014

A comprehensive survey of all of the creatures, big and small, in a region requires a scientific team of varied backgrounds. The Berbice survey team drew on the talents of ornithologists, herpetologists, mammalogists, myrmecologists, among others, and relied on the expertise of both international and local researchers. GWC’s Director of Global Biodiversity Exploration Dr. Leeanne Read more

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Rainforest Haiku by Talented 5th Grade Students

May 13, 2014

Andrew Beal’s fifth grade class explored the causes and effects of deforestation, and then they took steps to engage others in the fight to protect forests. Among other outcomes, the students’ efforts resulted in raising $385 for GWC’s Acre for Nature Program. This is the second year the students have researched deforestation and made a donation Read more

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Surveying Papua New Guinea – One of the Last Great Wildernesses Part 2

October 24, 2012

The Star Mountains, located in southwest Papua New Guinea, are rich in botanical species: during February and March this year, the intrepid research team identified around 700 plant varieties, of which 28 were new species, including rhododendrons, myrtles and orchids (there are more species of orchid in New Guinea than any other region). There were Read more

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Surveying Papua New Guinea – One of the Last Great Wildernesses Part 1

October 17, 2012

Shrouded in mist and drenched by regular rains, the tropical montane forests of Papua New Guinea’s remote western interior offer an unforgiving domain. Concealed by the thick, entangled undergrowth, a pioneering biological survey along the Hindenburg Wall – possibly one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth – has revealed dozens of species new to Read more

Hypsiboas 'chocolate'. Photo credit - Stu??- ask Leeanne

New Species Discovered: Poisonous Frogs and Brilliantly Colored Fishes Among 60 New Species Document

October 2, 2012

​In March 2012, Dr. Leeanne Alonso of Austin’s Global Wildlife Conservation, in collaboration with Conservation International-Suriname and with support from the Suriname Conservation Foundation, led the scientific team. Sixteen scientists and about 30 local field assistants spent three weeks exploring and recording species along the Palumeu River and in the Grensgebergte Mountains and lowland rainforests Read more

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Getting back- the adventure continued!

March 26, 2012

Leeanne Alonso – ​While the team was now closer to Palumeu, they still had to get around several dangerous rapids on the Palumeu River to get back. The now 29 men from Apetina and Palumeu bravely spent several days carrying and dragging the large dugout boats along the trail 3 km through the forest from Read more

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RAP Site 4 – Kasikasima Camp

March 19, 2012

Leeanne Alonso – ​The next day, scientists from CI-Suriname and nine men from Palumeu arrived at the small village. The men immediately set to constructing a base camp for the RAP team along the river on the side of the Kasikasima Mountain. They constructed two large tents for sleeping, a kitchen tent, and a laboratory Read more