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Life at IPBio and Visiting a Quilombo!

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My name is Marta I came to IPBio all the way from the Canary Islands, in Spain to volunteer with the Tree Mapping and Inventory project. Coming to Brazil was a great experience and one that I will never forget. I have met the most incredible people on the journey and my stay at IPBio couldn’t be better, although it was only for two weeks, I managed to enjoy many aspects of Iporanga and the reserve itself; from the most adventurous to the most relaxing and breathtaking experiences.

Even though Iporanga is a tiny village there was always something to do whether it was nature related or leisure wise, plus the locals are extremely friendly. I will always remember the nights we went out looking for bioluminescent mushrooms with Grant, the mushroom volunteer, at full dark during the night in the forest, or also the time that we encountered wild monkeys searching for fruit trees in the reserve, or the times we played football with the kids at the village and at the Quilombo school of Bombas d…

Bioluminescent Mushroom Volunteer and Blue Larva Discovery

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Our Experience as Tree Inventory Volunteers in the Atlantic Forest

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My Highlights at IPBio: Bioacoustics, Glowing Mushrooms and Sunsets

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This morning while annotating audio recordings of the forest, I was suddenly interrupted by a cute, strikingly green hummingbird that found itself stuck inside the building.As I tried to help the little guy out, I was able to briefly hold it perched on my finger before it finally made its way outside. I continued working with audio recordings until after lunch, when Imran and I hiked up the steep trail to collect more bioacoustics data, captured a small tree frog inside the volunteer house to release outside, and planned a spontaneous weekend camping trip to PETAR state park with some of the other staff members and volunteers.

It’s been two months since I first arrived in Iporanga and I can truly say that no two days here have been a like.Between the interesting and diverse projects at IPBio and being fully immersed in an environment so different from home, I’m constantly surprised by the things I get to do and experience.I’ll share a few highlights: