Lectures and training sessions will introduce you to field skills and survey techniques. In the field, you may take environmental measurements (e.g., temperature, humidity); assist a staff member in bird observations; search for reptiles; sort ant samples; conduct nighttime surveys to identify animals in spotlights, trap bats, and count; collect invertebrates; take measurements of tree growth; and take photographs of canopy density.
A typical day will start with some volunteers getting up before dawn, eating breakfast, and conducting bird surveys. Other volunteers will get up later and prepare equipment for the day’s activities.
Some groups will do lizard surveys hours in the middle of the day, then measure the lizards and return them to the sites where they were caught. Other tasks will include sampling for ants, examining the microhabitats of frogs in the leaf litter, and measuring the animals caught that day. Late afternoons are unscheduled to allow you to rest or swim before dinner. After dinner, groups may go searching for mammals, geckos, frogs, and bats with spotlights.
Volunteers will rotate through sampling techniques, which will ensure an interesting and varied experience with encounters with a wide variety of animals and habitats. You’ll have ample time for relaxation, exploration, photography, and recreation, such as swimming in a rainforest pool.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.