My eyes are open, but the world around me is black. The Peruvian nightfall has quickly cloaked our craft in impenetrable darkness. After hours afloat on the Tambopata River, the clattering outboard’s last gasps yield to the primal cacophony of countless rainforest creatures. The long, narrow vessel languidly glides to shore as our leader clicks on a heavy-duty searchlight, scanning the muddy banks for a suitable place to put in. No longer lulled by the moving boat’s breezes, I wipe fresh moisture from my brow. The expedition leaders’ anxious Spanish shouts pierce the night like verbal gunfire. Finally the group disembarks, hoping to God that the guides have found the correct clearing in this nocturnal landscape. If we’ve missed the path to our lodgings, there isn’t another human settlement for dozens of miles in any direction…
In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to conservation, it is with pleasure that the Board of Directors of the ACEER Foundation presents to Dr. Thomas Lovejoy the 2015 ACEER Legacy Award. The Legacy Award was established in 2012 to honor an individual or individuals who have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to conservation in general, and conservation of the Amazon rainforest in particular.
I believe that we have a dynamic relationship to nature. And if you pay attention, you might discover that a particular plant or animal in nature will sometimes choose us. They find their way into our psyche and spirit and teach us things, if we are open.
These photos from the ACEER ¡Amigos! Summer 2015 program show the type of work ¡Amigos! does in the Amazon. The objective of ¡Amigos! A Partnership for Education is to create, develop, and implement environmental education programs in the Peruvian Amazon as a basis for developing environmental awareness and sustainable use of natural resources. …more about ¡Amigos!
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ACEER is pleased to award to Mr. Jose Antonio Hurtado Huarcaya the 2015 Dr. James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship. He will receive $1000 in support of his research project, The Cultural Significance of Medicinal Plants in the District of Quinua (Ayacucho) Peru. Jose is a masters student at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima where he is earning a masters in tropical botany with an emphasis on ethnobotany.
The James A. Duke Ethnobotanical Fellowship was established by founding ACEER board member Dr. James A. Duke, recipient of ACEER’s 2013 Legacy Award for life long contributions to rainforest conservation. Jim has dedicated his life to bringing the healing power of medicinal plants to a global audience. This Fellowship continues his legacy by supporting a new generation of ethnobotanists.
Camu Camu is a shrub growing in watery, swampy areas of the Amazon rainforest and is often harvested directly into a canoe from the river. It produces lemon size fruit orange-red in color. Although it has not been documented to have been used extensively by indigenous people, it has more recently been discovered to contain very high levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant known to protect the body from free-radicals, stress and aging and to boost the immune system in fighting infection. In fact, it may contain the highest source of vitamin C occurring naturally on Continue reading “Camu Camu / Myciaria dubia”
As I sit at my computer today on a fog-shrouded morning on the coast of Maine, I can close my eyes and still recall the feeling of being a small human presence in the vibrant rainforest surrounding Posada Amazonas, a rainforest of plant and animal life so integrated and alive that my human presence sometimes felt like an intrusion.
In 1996 the Posada Amazonas was barely a dream, the embryo of a vision, when Eduardo Nycander of Rainforest Expeditions, a Peruvian ecotourism company, signed an agreement with the Ese-Ejá community of Infierno in the Tambopata Continue reading “Posada Amazonas”