New Scientific Publication in 'Endangered Species Research'

The @ExplorationSira team are delighted to announce their new open access publication 'Terrestrial camera traps: essential tool for the detection and future monitoring of the Critically Endangered Sira curassow Pauxi koepckeae', available to download from the journal Endangered Species Research.

It was also fantastic to see international coverage of the research featured on popular tropical news site Mongabay. Below are some of the teams latest HD camera trap images of this Critically Endangered bird, and a photgraphic evidence of recent hunting right within its core habitat.

Latest MAAP update on deforestation drivers in Peru

The MAAP team have synthesized the deforestation drivers in Peru, based on 50 MAAP reports published between April 2015 and November 2016. The objective is to synthesize all the information to date regarding deforestation trends, patterns and drivers in the Peruvian Amazon.

Check it out here.

As you can be seen from the figure below... the Sira Reserve and its wildlife are under serious threat.

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Podcast: Conservation and the Sira Curassow

Exploration Sira team member Andrew Whitworth has been interviewed by Mongabay for their first podcast of 2017. He talks about field work, the plight of the Sira Curassow and unveils some incredible recordings of its call. Check it out using the player below (from 31 minutes onwards): 

 
 

For the full article see: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/01/newscast-9-joel-berger-on-overlooked-edge-species-that-deserve-conservation/

El Sira: A Gold Mining Frontier

The fantastic ACA MAAP project has detailed illegal mining (which has decimated large swaths of the Southern amazon) in the Sira region. We had already observed gold mining first hand in the erea but it was very small scale.This seems to be a worrying step into more industrial, large scale operations. Read more here: http://maaproject.org/2016/mining_frontiers/ 

 

Image from http://maaproject.org/2016/mining_frontiers/

Image from http://maaproject.org/2016/mining_frontiers/

First ever field plates to the amphibians & reptiles of the Sira

In collaboration with other researchers in Peru, the Sira team have published the first ever identification plates for amphibians and reptiles in the Sira. The plates have been published with the Chicago Field Museum and are freely available to download. We hope that this will encourage other scientists, students and local peoples interests to study and conserve the species of this special region. Some of the species shown are potentially new to science, yet to be formally described.

Bushnell Cameras Awarded to Exploration Sira

Delighted to announce that Bushell (@BushnellNature) have awarded four of their newest cameras to supplement our 20 surviving cameras from 2015. Kate Macrae (also known as WildlifeKate @katemacrae), along with Bushnell and @handykam (in 2015), has been a great supporter of the teams work.

The team is incredibly grateful for the show of support and hopes the incredible footage of the wildlife from the Sira will be an in-kind reward.

Sira - Deforestation Hotspot

The researchers at Amazon Conservation Association have been analyzing satellite footage of Peru's Amazon rainforest and concluded that the area immediately surrounding the Sira Communal Reserve is a deforestation hotspot. Having seen the devastating impact of the conversion of primary forest cattle pasture first hand, we urgently need to bring this environmental disaster to the attention of the international media. Sad times for the Sira.

Read more here: http://maaproject.org/2016/hotspots2015/

Our work on Mongabay

We are absolutely over the moon to announce that our research has been featured on Mongabay.com - our favorite website! The plight of the Sira Curassow has officially made it back into the mainstream. This would not have been possible without the support of all of our amazing funders and project supporters.

https://news.mongabay.com/2015/09/scientists-capture-first-ever-footage-of-rare-threatened-bird-in-perus-cerros-del-sira/

IdeaWild Support Exploration Sira

We are pleased to announce that IdeaWild have supported Exploration Sira to the tune of six HD Bushnell Camera traps. They will be making their way to join the other twenty traps which we have in Peru in July! IdeaWild support conservation efforts globally, and to date have supported over 2500 projects in 82 countries. Amazing! Check out their website at: http://www.ideawild.org/

Update from Puerto Inca – 4 days to go.

Ruth and Chris have just returned from their first visit of the Golandrinas community where they have recruited guides and porters for the transect into El Sira. Golandrinas is a small community of only 30 adults, living right on the edge of the Sira Communal Reserve. Our guides, Ernesto and Simone, are incredibly knowledgeable about the forest and a really looking forward to getting deeper into the Sira than they ever have previously!

The community regularly hunt wildlife and have never worked with biologists before, which raises some interesting issues and problems. More on this and more when we return.

There was also a little drama leaving the community on Wednesday, as some incredibly strong rain overnight made the river you have to cross on foot swell from just over two feet to over three feet and fast flowing. Ernesto helped Ruth over, who was struggling with water getting up well over her waist. Chris followed, filiming the whole event on his camera… until he was the one who ended slipping and getting fully submerged! Asi es la vida, la vida loca!

Now Ruth and Chris are waiting for Andy to arrive on Saturday before they all head back to Golandrinas on Sunday… Bring on the expedition!

Ruths first plane journey and permit in hand!

Chris and Ruth recently left Lima for Pucallpa. This was to be Ruthmery’s first ever plane journey. A bit bumpy but she loved it.

Once in Pucallpa Chris and Ruth finally managed to get the Permit for our tricky, never before surveyed transect in the Sira. Onwards and upwards. Chris and Ruth are now hunting a truck to take them to Puerta Inca.

Project Partners: HandyKam

We hoped that this would be a little video diary showing you the great kit supplied by our our project partners, HandyKam (http://www.handykam.com/). Unfortunately we have run out of time… so you’ll have to wait for the results in a couple of months! Here is a little teaser of our jungle proofed nest cam:

In the meantime, check out their website! Their customer service is second to none and the warehouse is like a treasure trove of techy treats! Cheers for the help guys – see you in a couple of months!

In the meantime, check out their website! Their customer service is second to none and the warehouse is like a treasure trove of techy treats! Cheers for the help guys – see you in a couple of months!