Back in Brazil ! Coming by iguaçu, we are here to participate in the work of conservation and of study of the natural environment of the rio parana made by ICMBio, the federal agency for the Nature conservation.
The Mission? Erick, regional director of the entity, commissioned us to photograph different types of environments along the river for a study of landscape ecology, to locate several types of trees (including buritis) and nests Harpies, and finally to collect fresh water in an inaccessible lake named the "lagoa azul", the blue lake. This base-area is so remote that Gabriel, the only kid able to tame the tatu and to feed it, spend each day 8 hours of travel to go to school.
To accomplish the different missions, we stopped along the river in several branches of scientific institutes and groups of conservation, where we have been very well received by the residents and have even discovered lots of nice animals in the forest walks, like the "lobo guara" seen at night, whose name is similar to the french word for the "werewolf".
First Mission: the very first water sample in this blue lagoon, unreachable by other means because it is surrounded by swamps.
> Successful Mission, and we can only confirm that the lake is aptly named :)
Next one: the aerial search!
> We have found several areas of buritis, these large trees, but no bird's nest.
Last Mission: general photographs of the edge of the river, in order to observe how the different natural habitats align with each other.
> My friends, here is the result in pictures!
And thanks to TV Globo who came to follow us on one full day, you can even propose you the twoTV reports that appeared on national TV (in Portuguese) over here.
See you soon ! Atemaïs, as they say here :)
TV reports on the national TV Globo, and presentation of our friends met during this halt in the parana river :
Overflight of the Parana river and accomplishment of the different missions : water sampling, photograph of the whole forest on both sides, and research of the famous buritis trees :