«Always have a dream that lasts longer than a lifetime»
It has been almost 12 years since the reserve first started the reforestation project. The old stumps still loom within the new forest as if to serve as a reminder of their inescapable demise.
Josh was a lawyer who left that occupation and is returning to school to study environmental technology. He has lived abroad and travelled to 45 countries. He came to Cloudbridge to experience work at a wilderness reserve. Thanks to his organizational skills he has catalogued the copies of Cloudbridge research studies so that they are accessable to anyone visiting the Giddy Environmental Learning Center here at the reserve.
Max from Utah came to Cloudbridge through the Organization GVI. He looked after collecting all of the data from our camera traps.
Kyle from England dedicated his time to the biological survey and in particular the bird point count.
Taran (no photo) from Colorado has been at San Gerardo de Rivas volunteering for a couple of months. He not only volunteered for Cloudbridge but also for Project San Gerardo.
Sama and Matt are from Vermont
Sama : Matt and I are measuring all the trees greater than 10 cm diameter in the Smithsonian Plot – a hectare in the old-growth forest. This is more than 700 trees! We are measuring diameter and also estimating height, so that we can use these numbers to estimate how big each tree is and how much carbon they contain. Once we figure this out for each tree, we can estimate how much carbon is being stored in the live biomass in the plot, and then even get an estimate for the carbon in all the old-growth forest at Cloudbridge. It’s a big project, but it should be useful to know how much carbon is held here in the reserve.
Matt: I’m working (was working) in the plot with Sama measuring trees to complete the carbon study. Additionally, I am updating the Cloudbridge maps, compiling past meteorological data, and have set up 8 rain gauges along the trails to see if different tree cover has an effect on how much rain reaches the ground.
Christine is from Switzerland and has come to Cloudbridge directly after high school to experience travel, volunteer work, and a tropical country. She has been busy assisting with research projects. She is also helping out with the administration of our Bandera Azul goals. Her ability to speak Spanish has been a real asset.
Sebastian a young visitor staying with Jenny Giddy and her partner Charles (Charles’s grandson) had a great summer holiday at Cloudbridge. Here he is seen releasing a mouse caught in a live trap in the Casa.
Sebastian wrote a story about one of his experiences:
Spotted Wood Quail
The Spotted Wood Quail is a fairly common resident in this area. They are often seen along the trails waddling back and forth looking through the forest leaf litter for fallen seeds, fruits and invertebrates. As you approach they scuttle off into the forest and quickly disappear.
From The Camera Traps: