(1-29-20) Kiwanis Club secretary, Linda Goodwin, spoke to the Celina Kiwanis about her recent trip to the Amazon basin in Peru.
Goodwin volunteered for the Amazon Riverboat Exploration, a long term ecological and conservation study. She found this trip through Earthwatch, an international environmental non-profit that unites volunteers with scientists.
Goodwin’s activities included observations of pink and gray dolphins, bats, caiman, frogs, sloths and monkeys. She also fished for piranha. Observing a wide variety of birds from the small jacana to the aptly named Horned Screamer was her favorite activity, particularly when two scarlet macaws flew right in front of her. in addition to observing the basin’s inhabitants, volunteers identified and counted what they saw and kept a record for the study’s files. Frogs and piranha were measured, weighed and released. Biologists accompanied volunteers to ensure the accuracy of the records.
Although the group stayed on a repurposed rubber plantation boat and made many observations from smaller boats, daily trips into the rain forest provided a view of creatures not visible from the water.
At the end of the trip, volunteers visited two communities to see local culture. Goodwin’s father inspired her to take the trip. they discussed going to the Amazon but didn’t make the trip before he passed away.
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