June/July 2013

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“But I’ll tell you what hermits realize.  If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.”

                                                                                                             Alan Watts

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Welcome back Holly Mckelvey.  Holly is a former GVI researcher who has returned temporarily to take over as manager while Tom is away for July and August.   She was one of the first two volunteers to develop and initiate our biological survey program.  This appointment will give her a chance to observe some of the results from the last 2 years.

Holly

Holly

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Ornate Hawk Eagle

Ornate Hawk Eagle

This eagle was spotted up on the Gavalon trail by Kyle our dedicated birder and GVI volunteer.  We have spotted this bird many times up there.  He must be a permanent resident.

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Tree Planting:  A video by Beth Cooley  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4xxagXdzqQ

Tree planting season continues and as usual there is always help from volunteers who want to contribute to reforestation efforts.  Bill Green and Beth Cooley who are residing this year in San Gerardo,  volunteered to help plant some of the seedlings along the ridge trail.  They have also volunteered their talented services of photography for the reserve.

Bill - Photographer

Bill – Photographer

Beth, taking in the beauty of the Cloudbridge Reserve

Beth, taking in the beauty of the Cloudbridge Reserve

Once again we had help from the Quebec students with the organization ARO. They were enthusiastic tree planters.  We hope that they enjoyed their day of contributing to the reforestation of Costa Rica.  Thank you to all of the ARO staff for organizing the groups that came up to the reserve to help with all of our projects this year.

Tom giving planting instructions to the ARO group

Tom giving planting instructions to the ARO group

ARO volunteer

ARO volunteer

Other volunteers, Kevin, Adam, Sarah, Tim, Taran, and Alexadra helped out with tree planting, tree maintenance, and  constructing of a propagation area.

Tim, Sarah, and Adam

Tim, Sarah, and Adam

A volunteer’s thoughts:

“I really  want to thank everyone at Cloudbridge and the people from the village.  This Project has given me so much more then what I expected, as I didn’t really care much about stuff that is going on in the world,  I knew  about the problems in the world – about killing our own planet but I thought I couldn’t do anything about it.  But I was  wrong.  I can remember my  first day at  Cloudbridge very well.  I was just  blown away by the beauty of the nature and it was a feeling I really can’t express in words.  I’ve never seen anything  like this before. It was stunning!  Back in Germany  we  have  some nice places too but  when you really  think about it we don’t  have anything like this.  First I was thinking  that I as a single human being can’t do anything about loosing nature in the world.  But I realized  everything around  me that I saw was planted by man – first destroyed, then reforested by man.  I saw the before and after pictures on the wall in the classroom and I have  to admit I was speechless.  Cloudbridge managed to patch the wounds made by man.  I guess you can look it up on the Website.  All this in 10 years – what a difference.  I have to say I am really proud of what I did at Cloudbridge and I accomplished something that the animals here will benefit from.  It’s a great feeling!
 I was ignorant in the past.  I had a great Job in Germany.  I was surrounded by people who think that making money and good looks are the most important things in the world.  When I think about it, I have to admit I was one of them.  In our project at Cloudbridge there were some local villagers who did a great Job with helping us, and somehow I looked up to them because they showed me that my past  attitude is not the right one.  They didn’t say anything but I learned a lot from them just from listening and watching.  They have a harder life than me and they don’t say anything bad about it.  In my old life I was yelling and screaming about stupid stuff that made stress – the city sickness is what I call it, Senseless stuff, self made problems that I’ve made myself.  This experience will change my point of view in many ways and already affects my way of thinking about the world.  I  came to the conclusion that I will do more for nature.  I have so many good memories, the people from the village who recycled with us, the crystal clear river, and the many animals that you hear and see everyday. This is something that is getting rare and its up to us to keep and protect it and make it bigger when we get the chance to, and as I said, I saw that it is possible!”
Kevin Peters
Germany
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Orchid Research by Veronica LaVero

Veronica is from an Island belonging to the French Republic – Reunion Island.  It is situated in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar.  She has extensive experience with the identification of orchids, and came to Costa Rica to explore the region and research orchid species here.

Veronica recorded 130 species of orchids blooming from February to July 2013 throughout the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve and Chirripo National Park.  She hosted a public presentation of her findings at the Giddy Environmental Learning Centre here on the Cloudbridge reserve.

Veronica

Veronica

Enclclia prismatocarpa

Enclclia prismatocarpa

Epedendrum sp

Epedendrum sp

Epidendrum anastasioi

Epidendrum anastasioi

Maxillaria cedralense

Maxillaria cedralense

Govenia quadriplicata

Govenia quadriplicata

Restrepia

Restrepia

Sobralia amabilis

Sobralia amabilis

Tichopilia marginata

Tichopilia marginata

Prosthechea chacaoensis

Prosthechea chacaoensis

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In the newpaper publication “Tico Times” an article was written about our reserve.  The link is  http://www.ticotimes.net/Weekend/Travel/Cloudbridge-a-free-and-easy-alternative-to-Chirripo_Thursday-July-11-2013

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Genevieve Giddy  (owner of the Cloudbridge Nature Reserve) and her partner Charles are enjoying a month of relaxation in Costa Rica.

Genevieve enjoying conversation with Beth out on the trails

Genevieve enjoying conversation with Beth out on the trails

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