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Community Fund – 7 Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – October update

Welcome, again, to the latest from warm, wet and very humid, Colonia 24 de Mayo – here in the Pastaza region of Ecuador.

Sadly we bade farewell to Geni and Graham this month – however, the very good news is that they are in training for the Edinburgh Charity (Half) Marathon to be run next May (2018). They are planning to raise funds on behalf of ourselves, Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía, and so watch this space for the opportunity to sponsor them. We will pass on details as soon as we have them, for this. Every penny, cent, euro, etc raised for us is put to good use, so please keep this in mind if you are ever thinking of undertaking any sponsored activity, or indeed if you would like to raise funds for us in any other way.

Seen on or very close to, the land this month were:

A Royal Ground Snake (Liophis reginae);

A N Other Ground Snake (unidentified);

A Fitch’s Anole (Anolus fitchi) (Lizard species);

A Coppery-Chested Jacamar (Galbula pastazae) This bird is listed as a ‘threatened species by the International Unit for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is rarely seen;

An unidentified tree frog species.

These were seen amongst the usual wide array of other animal and plant life to be found in the area, which we are helping to protect and are encouraging/assisting the re-growth of native plants to provide food and shelter for such-like species.

This month, one of our neighbours reported seeing a large group of somewhere between twenty and forty Woolly Monkeys (Lagothrix lagothricha) on the edge of the forest not too far along the road from our land. This size of group used to be a relatively common sight here – however, they, like many other endemic species are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss and hunting. One or two individuals have been seen on the forest edge on our land in the past; it is great to hear that sizeable groups still exist. Indigenous communities have the right to hunt such animals for food, and in doing so often kill mothers with young  – which then, sadly become community pets, and, or, are sold on the ‘black market’ similarly, as pets.

The oil companies are still assessing the area for the ‘trial’ oil well (which, of course will do nothing for the protection of the area!). However, at the moment no seriously heavy engineering works have started, although some ground clearance has begun.

On the land, general maintenance has continued and some paths have been reclaimed from the forest’s self-sustaining prolific regrowth!

And, thanks to Pete and Andreas for the photos this month!

Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – September update

Greetings from Canton Mera, Pastaza Region, Ecuador, where the Fundación’s land is located, about 150 kilometres (93 miles) from the equator at the edge of the Llanganates National Park.

We were delighted to welcome two new volunteers to the land this month, Geni and Graham, who both had travelled a long way to help us carry stones, sand and rocks to continue the work on the new pathway! Wilson had joined us again, for a few days so with Pete’s help too, we managed to take the surfacing of the path a goodly distance onwards…………..

However, we did find time to show them round some of the more accessible parts of the land as well, and we also went on a short trek (or mini-canyoning adventure) up a nearby river until the ubiquitous rainstorm stopped play! Many thanks for your help and company.

On the way back down, we were able to spot, under the bridge and just before the waters of the river rose and washed them away, some Guatusa footprints and evidence of some of its more recent meals. The Guatusa (Dasyprocta fuliginosa) is a relatively common large rodent (about the size of a small dog) and we have often seen individuals crossing the road – usually in the late afternoon/early evening.

Another slightly smaller find this month was a young specimen of a Map Tree Frog (Hypsiboas geographica) unusually seen out in daytime. The youngster looks nothing like the adult form and so is often quite difficult to identify – well-spotted, Geni!

It did take our new visitors a little while to acclimatise to the night sounds……. the squeaks, croaks, chirps, night bird calls, occasional rustling sounds, which surround nearly always and which peak and trough according to the time of night, amount of cloud cover, the phase of the moon, humidity, rainfall, etc!

A few more plants were added to the edge of the pathway close to the river in order to help prevent erosion and there is some more work to be done on this yet.

Many birds, as ever, were seen and heard around and over the land- including hawks, kites, tanagers, oropendolos, pavas, the thrush-like wren, amongst others. The myriad of insects – including butterflies and grasshoppers, cicadas and katydids – continue to amaze. There is always something new to see………………

Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – June Update

One of our long-term aims is to provide conservation inputs to the local communities and schools and so we were very pleased to receive a copy of “Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques” as a donation from NHBS (Natural History Book Service) and the British Ecological Society’s Gratis Book Scheme.  This book presents the theory and practice for creating effective education and outreach programmes for conservation. As such, it will be a very useful addition to our small but growing library. Many thanks, Anita, for the suggestion and application information.

Pete has been living with, and helping, the Fundación for some time now. He bought his own 47 hectares of land several months ago; this land almost adjoins the Fundación’s, and he has been building his first residence there over the last while. It is almost complete and he will be moving in very shortly. His plan is to develop some of this land (land that has already been denuded of trees by previous owners) as self-sufficient , permacultural farmland, like a croft, and save and protect the vast majority of the land which is old forest. He will be re-foresting where and when possible with some of the tree species which have been extracted over the previous years. He also plans to develop a small, residential tourist project to encourage people to visit the area, as well as continue to volunteer with the Fundación. Good one, Pete! Check out his Facebook page…………..


Our latest reptile ‘find’ this month was an Eastern Scarlet Snake (Pseudoboa neuweidii) which was actually seen just outside the clinic a couple of weeks ago. Of course, there were numerous other sightings of different species of birds, insects, plants, spiders, etc, etc.

A few more palms and other trees have been planted near the boundary with one of the neighbours where the last remaining tall grass is being removed/displaced.

Further work has been happening on the path as well, including cementing another section (well done Dave and Glen!). It now looks like we will not need any steps on the way from the entrance to the clinic/quarantine which will make the pathway much more accessible and easy to walk. Some trees have been planted on the disturbed land at the entrance which is now beginning to ‘green up’; and fallen bromeliads and orchids have been attached around and onto some of the trees at the forest edge. We reckon it looks pretty cool, and it’s going to look even cooler once it has all settled in.

It is never silent on the land; there are the stream and river sounds, bird, frog, cricket and cicada ‘songs’; the sound of distant rain (usually coming ever-closer!), amazing thunder storms, and in particular, at night the sounds of other insects and frogs , night jars, potoos, owls, falling trees and branches. Some nights are relatively chilly (around 10-15 degrees centigrade) while others are between 20-25. As mentioned before, there is rarely a breath of breeze, and when there is, it is often caused by bats and/or large moths flying past.

Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – January Update

Hi, there! It’s time again for the latest from Ecuador!

Well, the ‘rainy season’ has continued…..the road in and out was blocked again by landslides, and to leave we had to walk past the Rio Anzu (about seven or eight kilometres) before it was possible to be picked up for the rest of the way to Mera. Sadly, many people have lost their homes, and at least part of their land, not far from us, and a house collapsed on a family near the roadway to Puyo due to floodwaters – killing two of the children inside – very sad indeed.

This month, we have been delighted to welcome Matthew and Alice who have come to visit and help on the land. They arrived mid-month and have already assisted magnificently with a number of tasks, including cleaning out the dike (dam) and one of the big water tanks; cutting and clearing grass near the boundary of the land and around newly planted trees; planting some trees in the forest; and helping with Pete and Glen and others on the first stage of the new pathway into the land from the new entrance. This latter work involves lifting and moving lots of rocks and sand and setting these out on the path – carried out with great humour and energy – Good One, Guys!

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Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – December Update

grasshopperHello, and Happy New Days to all our Friends and Supporters from over here in wet and (mainly) warm Pastaza, Ecuador from all of us at the Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía!

Over the past two to three weeks, there has been some pretty intense rainfall (some of it for 24 hours and more!); there have been trees a-falling on and around the land and the road in has been blocked by heavy landslides and fallen trees at least twice now in the last week. This has meant no traffic in, or out, until the local municipio (council) has managed to clear the damage.  The first high bridge on the road in, over the Río Tigre, was also threatened by the high flood waters in the river and had to be reinforced rapidly as soon as the water level had receded somewhat. A little concerning……………

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Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – November Update

Hola a todos y todas (Hi, everyone),

Another month has swiftly passed by and here is the latest news (and for those who don’t receive the photos), views, on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fdla-group/    Please have a look……………………

Well the big news this month, is that work on the new entrance to the land and the quarantine/clinic has finally started! The machinery rolled off its delivery truck and started work straight away last Thursday – opening up the high bank at the side of the road and leveling as much as possible of the way up the hill for future access to the Centre. Many thanks and appreciation are due to the Alcalde (mayor) and Prefecto (prefect) of the Consejo de Pastaza (Pastaza Regional Council) for their support – it is much appreciated. Carlos, the skilled plant-operator has been doing an excellent piece of work and the trucks are now rolling in with the materials to backfill the roadway and complete the turning area at the top.

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Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – October Update

Hello again, from Ecuador at the end of October – here’s the most recent news and views (please have a look at the Flickr page for the latest photos –  https://www.flickr.com/photos/fdla-group/ ).

Firstly, a huge, big “Muchas Gracias” (thank you very much!) to our amazing supporters at Vegware, who have agreed to support the Fundación financially for a further year.  Not only that, after our recent re-application for support, they have offered an increased Community Fund Grant. This will help us greatly with our running costs and will enable us to continue to develop the new Conservation and Animal Rescue Centre. Do please check out their website and do use their services if you can and recommend them to others –   https://www.vegware.com/ .

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Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – September Update

Welcome to the latest update from the ever-changing environs around the Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía’s Conservation Centre here in Pastaza, Ecuador!

Well, the ‘dryish season’ would appear to be over – with torrential rainstorms passing over (sometimes fast, other times lingering for many hours) – with some periods of intense sunlight in between, as well as some amazing starry nights! One of the other fascinating dimensions to the Ecuadorian ‘landscape’ are the many, varied cloud formations that abound due to the mountainous areas around, and presumably affected by the rising humidity, as well as the thermal systems carrying the vapour upwards. There have been some amazing sunsets seen around the region (not so on the land as the sun departs from the land, behind the hills, towards late afternoon) – and some beautiful sunrises.

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Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – August Update

Hello to all from Ecuador once again!

Well – it is ‘butterfly season’ again – a seemingly endless number of different species are around, in this the (slightly) drier, hotter season. Sadly, many are very difficult to photograph as they tend not to stand still for too long – however we have managed to capture some on camera.

And although it is summer, there have been some amazing thunderstorms echoing around us amongst the hills and valleys, with some fabulous lightshows at night. And there has been some hail – which is practically unheard of around these parts!

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Community Fund – Fundación Fauna de la Amazonía – July Update

Hello to a belated update from the Fundación this month!

We are a slightly reduced team at the moment as both Glen and myself are back in the UK for short visits……..

General maintenance work has continued on the land and Pete has begun clearance and investigation activities on his own land – and at the same time spotting many more interesting animal and plant species endemic to the area! He is also reforesting  – planting trees and clearing grass; and planning a water supply for the future.

A noisy group of Caracaras (Phalcoboenus sp) has been seen flying and heard, and a giant land snail with a shell of around 20 centimetres in length also.

Also, a very large (around two metres in length) Equis was seen on the roadway!

We await support from the Consejo (Council) to help with the new entrance to the land – it is unfortunately delayed at the moment due to a lack of available machinery.

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