Survey the astounding biodiversity of the rainforest of the Ecuadorian Andes for birds, plants, spectacled bears, pumas, ocelots, and other animals.
The Santa Lucía Reserve is home to more than 320 species of birds, thousands of plant species, and an estimated 45 species of mammals. In this stunning cloud forest, you'll hike through mountainous terrain toward a different research assignment each day.
You’ll help survey key bird and large mammal species and their associated vegetation types to determine their abundance and distribution. This information will provide reserve managers with accurate scientific data to create habitat and species action plans in the hope of expanding and protecting an area of habitat that stretches from Ecuador into Colombia.
You’ll help set up camera traps to record the presence of mammals, conduct bird surveys, explore the unique invertebrate and amphibian communities that make their home in the bromeliads of the cloud forest, and survey trees to determine the carbon storage of the reserve.
You'll also help identify and photograph animal tracks around the camera traps, measure and count trees, determine canopy cover, and identify species of orchids and other plants. In your recreational time, you can enjoy pickup games of soccer or volleyball, take part in fiestas and dances in nearby towns, and hike to gorgeous waterfalls.