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From Wild to Web - Guyana
Judy Karwacki (Small
Planet Consulting, Canada)
Rupununi Learners Inc Foundation of Yupukari Village, a Makushi indigenous village in the Central Rupununi Region of Guyana and Small Planet Consulting wish to thank the Members of ECOCLUB.com for choosing our “Web to Wild Project” as a winner in the 6th Annual ECOCLUB.com Ecotourism Awards. We are grateful for your support, and pleased to submit our project completion report.
The project has been completed insofar that the equipment we requested in our original proposal to Ecoclub.com has all been purchased and delivered to Yupukari. The items we purchased are as follows, and the purchase receipt is attached:
1 "HP Pavilion DV7-1450US 17-Inch Entertainment Laptop"
In addition, the project has already made strides in meeting the main goal of enhancing the capacity of village youth to participate in the developing local, regional, national and international conversation about the future of threatened Rupununi lands and waters through Yupukari Wildlife Club field projects recently funded by the IUCN. The digital documentation and online publishing training and field monitoring activities using the equipment have been underway since September 2009, and will continue on an on-going basis. We have submitted two videos which show the senior and junior Wildlife Club undertaking these activities.
Following are some highlights of our project activities:
From July to October, on the following dates, we conducted field trips on the trails - walking transects, birding, visiting pit traps, and identifying trees and insects – and using the equipment to take photos and make audio and video records: July 03 (5 people) 20th (4 people) , 21st (3 people) focused on trees, 29th (5 people) August 5th (3 people), 7th (7 people), 9th (4 people) September 3 dates - between 18th - 29th with Rob Gandola - herpetologist Oct 26th 27th - GATBS visit dates - three hikes over two days with Wildlife Club Web design training began in with two sessions in early to mid August aimed at making Wildlife Club members comfortable with using the equipment and posting information online. The training restarted after the start of school in October and is currently ongoing. The equipment is also being used currently on our extended Important Birding Areas programme. The Caiman Monitoring component is now in progress too. The nests are showing, and the Wildlife Club will visit and document activities including nesting, passive observation and night catching and monitoring. We have posted four pages online to illustrate the Wildlife Club’s efforts:
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