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evolution-digest Friday, January 29 1999 Volume 01 : Number 1276




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Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 19:51:08 -0500
From: Mike Nolan <rainforest@mail.org>
Subject: RAINFOREST and MARINE BIOLOGY WORKSHOPS

RAINFOREST and MARINE BIOLOGY WORKSHOPS

After reviewing the brief program descriptions outlined below, please
consider offering these opportunities to Students, Faculty and
Staff....a brochure and detailed itineraries are available upon request.
Thank you.

Sincerely,

Mike Nolan

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Rainforest and Reef Conservation Fund 501 (c)(3) non-profit
29 Prospect NE Suite #8
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 USA
Phone/Fax: (616) 776-5928/E-mail: rainforest@mail.org
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*Sites: Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, Ecuador, Peru and
southeast Alaska

*Workshops are field oriented and focus on natural history, rainforest
and marine ecology, conservation, land management, medicinal uses of
native plants, local cultures, archaeology and geology

*Instruction features local Biologists and naturalist Guides

*Proceeds go to sponsoring organization in each country and help support
valuable education/conservation projects

*Three Undergraduate or Graduate credits in the Natural Sciences or
Education are available for attending through Aquinas College of Grand
Rapids, Michigan (www.aquinas.edu)

*Workshops are sponsored by the Rainforest and Reef Conservation Fund, a
501(c)(3) non-profit corporation based in Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

*During 1998 our Workshops included participants from 40 states, 4
Canadian Provinces, England, South Africa, Australia and Brazil. Forty
three universities were represented by faculty and students, along
science professionals, high school groups and lay people with an
interest in natural history and other topics covered in our programs.
For 1999 we presently have groups from Penn State, Purdue, University of
Maine, University of Connecticut, College of New Jersey, Muhlenberg
College of Pennsylvania, Calvin College of Michigan and a number of
junior colleges and high schools.


BELIZE

Length: 14 Days/13 Nights

Cost: $980.00 per person

Host/Course Coordinator: Belize Tropical Education Center/Tony Garel,
Belize City, Belize

Topics Covered:
*Tropical Moist Forest Ecology
*Marine Ecology
*Mayan Archaeology
*Garifuna Culture

Highlights:
*Community Baboon Sanctuary
*Chan Chich Lodge and surrounding tropical moist forest
*Río Bravo Conservation and Management Area
*Chaa Creek Natural History Center and Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm
*Ix Chel Farm and Panti Medicinal Plant Trail
*Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve
*Garifuna drumming and dancing
*Mayan site of Xunantunich
*South Water Caye
*Great Barrier Reef of Belize and nearby marine ecosystems including,
grass beds, patch reefs, mangroves
*Sea bird rookeries

COSTA RICA

Length: 12 Days/11 Nights

Cost: $850.00 per person

Host/Course Coordinator: Juan Pablo Bello Carranza, Las Juntas, Costa
Rica

Topics Covered:
*Tropical Rainforest and Dry Forest Ecology
*Conservation and Land Management
*Geology/Volcanoes

Highlights:
*Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve
*International Children's Rainforest Reserve
*Santa Elena Cloudforest Reserve
*Arenal Volcano
*Palo Verde National Park
*Tempisque River trip
*Santa Rosa National Park
*Costa Rican cattle and dairy ranch
*Abangares gold mines, Ecological Museum and Butterfly Garden
*Reforestation project along banks of the Abangares River
*Mist-netting and study of vampire bats
*Evening presentations on local cultures, medicinal uses of rainforest
plants, sustainable uses of forests and Costa Rican history
*Post-Course extensions to Corcovado and Tortuguero National Parks

HONDURAS

Length: 14 Days/13 Nights

Cost: $765.00 per person

Host/Course Coordinator: REHDES/Jerry Haylock, La Ceiba, Honduras

Topics Covered:
*Tropical Rainforest and Marine Ecology
*Conservation and Land Management
*Mayan Archaeology
*Garifuna Culture

Highlights:
*Mayan site of Copan
*Village of Tela and traditional Garifuna music and dance
*Lancetilla Botanical Garden and Research Center
*Jeannette Kawas National Park
*Cuero and Salado Wildlife Refuge
*Pico Bonito National Park
*Bay Island of Utila
*Marine ecosystems, including coral reefs, mangroves and tidal pools
*Evening presentations on conservation, rainforest and marine ecology
*Butterfly Farm and Museum
*White-Water Rafting on the Canjegral River
*Post-Course extension to La Mosquitia and the Río Plátano Biosphere
Reserve

PANAMA

Length: 14 Days/13 Nights

Cost: $1100.00 per person

Host/Course Coordinator: Win Rice, Panama City, Panama

Topics Covered:
*Tropical Rainforest and Marine Ecology
*Conservation and Land Management
*Geology/Volcanoes
*Indian Cultures
*R.O.P.E.

Highlights:
*Chagres National Park
*R.O.P.E. Course
*Mist-netting and study of birds and bats
*White-water rafting on the Piedres and Chagres Rivers
*Embera Indian village of Parara Puru
*Panama Viejo (old Panama City), colonial city and modern-day Panama
City
*Panama Canal
*El Cano Archaeological Park
*Bastimentos National Park and the Bocas del Toro Archipelago
*Marine ecosystems including, mangroves, grass beds and coral reefs
*Gnobe and Bugle Indian cultures
*La Fortuna Nature Reserve
*Highland mountain village of Boquete
*Baru Volcano and National Park
*Orchid, fruit and coffee plantations
*Evening presentations on tropical medicine/jungle first-aid and orchids
of Panama
*Post-Course partial and complete Panama Canal transits

ECUADOR

Length: 14 Days/13 Nights

Cost: $1050.00 per person

Host/Course Coordinator: Jatun Sacha Foundation/Dr. Michael McColm,
Ph.D., Quito, Ecuador

Topics Covered:
*Tropical Rainforest Ecology
*Biodiversity
*Conservation and Land Management
*Quichua Indian Culture

Highlights:
*Quito
*Andes Mountain Range
*Alpine and cloudforest ecosystems
*Jatun Sacha Biological Station and surrounding tropical rainforest
*Plant Conservation Center
*Solo experience in the rainforest
*Animal Rehabilitation Center
*Local Shaman's nursery, home visit and "cleansing" demonstration
*Quichua Indian village of Capirona
*Avenue of the Volcanoes
*Highland Indians and villages of Ecuador
*Banos
*Evening presentations on a variety of rainforest and conservation
topics
*Post-Course extension to the Galápagos Islands and/or Cuzco and the
Lost City of the Incas-Machu Picchu

PERU

Length: 15 Days/14 Nights

Cost: $1145.00 per person

Host/Course Coordinator: Dr. Paul Beaver, Ph.D., Indian Shores, Florida

Topics Covered:
*Tropical Rainforest Ecology
*Biodiversity
*Conservation and Land Management
*Indian Culture

Highlights:
*Amazon River
*Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Biological Reserve-included by Audubon Magazine on
its‚ list of top 50 ecologically based tour destinations in the world
(Sep/Oct 1998)
*Fourteen primate species
*Evening cruise on the Tahuayo River
*Pink freshwater dolphins of Charro Lake
*Caiman Lake
*Jungle community of Santa Ana
*Giant lilypads of Barbasco Lake
*Local Shaman "good luck-good health" ceremony
*Rainforest canopy experience
*Camping on the interior of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve
*Local Indian village market
*Post-Course extension to the Galápagos Islands and/or Cuzco and the
Lost City of the Incas-Machu Picchu

SOUTHEAST ALASKA

Length: 14 Days/13 Nights

Cost: $995.00

Host/Course Coordinator: David Berg, Petersburg, Alaska

Topics Covered:
*Temperate Rainforest and Marine Ecology
*Conservation and Land Management
*Marine Mammals
*Geology/Glaciers/Volcanoes
*Indian Cultures
*Russian History

Highlights:
*White-water rafting on the Sauk River in Washington state
*Cascade Mountain Range
*Inside Passage of southeast Alaska
*Wrangell
*Petroglyph Beach
*Petersburg
*Sea kayaking
*Whale watching in Frederick Sound
*LeConte glacier
*Camping in temperate rainforest
*Starrigavan Bay estuary and near-shore tide pools
*Harbor Mountain-Gavan Hill Trail hike and camp
*Mount Edgecumbe hike and camp
*Tlingit Native dancing and cultural experience
*Sitka Historical Park
*Sheldon Jackson Museum and its‚ collection of Native artifacts
*Sage Science Center and fish hatchery
*Sitka Raptor Rehabilitation Center

CONTACT US FOR DETAILED WORKSHOP ITINERARIES

REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Rainforest and Reef Conservation Fund 501(c)(3) non-profit
29 Prospect NE Suite #8 Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503 USA
Phone: (616) 776-5928/Fax: (616) 776-5931/E-Mail: rainforest@mail.org

WORKSHOP DATES 1999*

Number Course by order of preference with #1 being your first choice.
Spaces are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Please be aware
that Courses are popular and may fill quickly. It is recommended that
you register as early as possible.

BELIZE: 14 D/13 N Jun 15-28_____ Jul 13-26_____ Aug 3-16_____

COSTA RICA: 12 D/11 N Jun 14-25_____ Jul 12-23_____ Aug 9-20_____

HONDURAS: 14 D/13 N Jun 10-23_____ Jul 8-21_____ Aug 5-18_____

PANAMA: 14 D/13 N Jun 12-25_____ Jul 10-23_____ Aug 7-20_____

ECUADOR: 14 D/13 N Jun 17-30_____ Jul 15-28_____ Aug 4-17_____

PERU**: 15 D/14 N Jun 26-Jul 10_____ Jul 10-24_____ Jul 24-Aug 7 _____

**Our Peru Workshop can be offered to individuals and groups on most
Saturdays throughout the year.

SE ALASKA: 14 D/13 N Jun 17-30_____ Jul 4-17_____ Jul 18-31_____

*Other dates throughout the year are available upon request

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