July 2021

This juvenile Bi-colored hawk (Accipiter bicolor) was perched quite close to us, on the R̀io trail. Photo credit: Casey Ella McConnell

July has been a great month here at Cloudbridge. What with participating in the Latin American Climate Reality Virtual Training, hosting a wilderness safety course, tree-planting, and interesting research projects, the month has passed in a blur…

This Blacḵhanded Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) was contemplative and calm, but the other monkey was making a very loud and mournful ̱ sounding) cry. Photo credit: Casey Ella McConnell.

In July 2020, Cloudbridge ́s executive director completed the Global Virtual Climate Reality Training. One year later, she was able to participate in the Latin American training, as a mentor. She greatly enjoyed the experience of moderating the discussions had by her group, who consisted of smart, engaged participants from Costa Rica and Panama. The next virtual global training will be taking place in October. If you would like to learn more please visit their website.

Cloudbridge was happy to provide a space for the field section of a recent Wilderness Safety Course held by Montaña Verde Ecological Association. Participants learned how to be prepared and safety conscious for their time in the mountains of Costa Rica. The instructor, Santiago Montoya, is an avid nature lover who has been teaching these skills for many years.

Participants in the wilderness safety course enjoy a rest at the Mirador of Cloudbridge Nature Reserve.
Participants built a stretcher with materials they had on hand and carried their team-mate in this emergency preparedness simulation.
The beautiful colors of the lotus flower are just one of the attractions found at Jardines Secretos.

The whole Cloudbridge group was able to enjoy a delicious Sunday-morning brunch at Jardines Secretos, in San Gerardo. Not only was the food delicious, but the scenery is spectacular. Highly recommended!

Tree-planting is one of our favorite activities here at Cloudbridge! We were delighted to have Paula´s son Bryce, and one of our neighbors from San Gerardo join in the tree-planting activity this month : )

After planting some trees, Nonie and Amada took a moment to enjoy the river : )
Another fun activity this month was a nice tree-tour with Edgar. Here, he is delighted to find a Kioro tree in the primary forest at Cloudbridge : )

Research interns and volunteers

Hello! my name is Justin Philbois, from France. I’m here to study the diversity of beetles between the different part of the forest.
I’ve always been very interested in all invertebrates and I think that people are afraid of them because we don’t know them very well. I’m here to remedy that!

Justin looks at beetles that have fallen into his Japanese umbrella.

Hello! My name is Alexandra and I came to Cloudbridge from Dakar, Senegal because I wanted to learn more about wildlife research and the cloud forest. I am an Environmental Science and Public Health student at the University of California, Los Angeles and I am especially interested in the intersection between environmental and human health. I am so happy to be here and am learning so much already! 🙂

After his time at Cloudbridge, Nicholas Hess travelled around Costa Rica before returning home. Though this picture was not taken at Cloudbridge, Nicholas has kindly allowed us to share it here. Check out more of his photography at www.nicholashessphotography.com. Photo credit: Nicholas Hess

It has been a wonderful privilege and a pleasure to have Dr. Paula Pebsworth be our science coordinator for the last six months. We are quite sad to see her return to the USA, for personal reasons. However, we are very happy that she will remain a long-term member of Cloud Forest Conservation Alliance. And of course, we are grateful for all of Paula´s enthusiasm and warmth that she brought to her position with us. We wish you all the best, Paula!

We are also excited to receive our new science coordinator, Rio Dante Barrantes Para. Welcome to the team, Rio!

Paula´s last potluck…until you return!

Pics from around the reserve

This jumping pitviper, «mano de piedra» (Metlapilcoatlus mexicanus) was seen just over the ridge from Cloudbridge, in the valley of Los Angeles. (Photo credit: Orianna Alvarado)

Suggested Reading

  • This month has seen many places around the world suffer unprecedented climatological effects, such as profound heat waves and drought in the American Northwest, with attendant wildfires, or severe flooding in Germany and parts of China. Government leaders have recognized in these events a sign of the climate crisis, and advocated for stronger infrastructure to withstand these catastrophes.
  • Tragically, it is estimated that a billion marine animals perished due to the high temperatures of the «heat dome» over British Columbia.
  • This essay explores the traces of humans on the arctic environment, a place that is showing startling impacts of climate change.
  • Jeff Lowenfells has been writing a gardening column for the Anchorage Daily News since 1976. He has inadvertently been documenting climate change in real time.

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