Earthwatch Teen Team Expedition, June 2016

June was a very wet month, and we hosted an intrepid  Earthwatch Teen team, that went way beyond comfort zones during their ten day stay. This Earthwatch Teen Team braved sometimes torrential rains to assist Principal Investigator Norman Greenhawk collecting Chytrid samples along the Ethnobotanical Nature Trail.  The teens learnt teamwork rapidly and became skilled at how to set up collection plots, becoming familiar with the use of the compass, measuring tape, and twine. After letting the plots rest for two days, the team returned and conducted leaf-litter surveys, searching the fallen leaves and detritus of the forest floor for frogs and Sphaerodactylus geckos. All captured animals were weighed and measured, and all amphibians were swabbed to test for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), a fungus that can cause the amphibian disease Chytridiomycosis. This collection event is a part of Norman’s ongoing monitoring of Bd at Las Casas de la Selva.
See more about the Chytrid fungus: http://www.amphibiaweb.org/chytrid/chytridiomycosis.html

This team also measured and re-tagged 110 mahoe trees, (Hibiscus elatus), which are part of long-term study plots at Las Casas de la Selva, with Principal Investigator 3t Vakil.

Images by 3t and Chelsea Kyffin, who was the teen team facilitator.

EW teens June 2016
L-R Back row: PI  3t Vakil, Magha Garcia, EW facilitator Chelsea Kyffin, PI Norman Greenhawk, and Fange Xiao. L-R Front row: Kaia Turowski, Albert Zhai, Evie King, and Haidee Sticpewich.

EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (10)

EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (9)

EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (8)

EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (7)

EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (6)

EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (5)

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EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (2)

EW teens June2016

EW June 2016 pix by Chelsea Kyffin (1)
Yara Solis giving a salsa Dance Class to the teens.

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