Interim Executive Director Gives Dynamic Report from Field Visit to Costa Rica – February 2010 Newsletter
“Each day has been full and I am bursting with news to share in more detail. However, the main thing is that MCLUS’ contributions DO make a difference to the BEN. It is truly significant and much appreciated by all here.”
February 2010 Newsletter:
Interim Executive Director Gives Dynamic Report from Field Visit to Costa Rica
The Interim Executive Director of the Monteverde Conservation League U.S. (MCLUS), Laurie Waller, recently returned from a trip to Costa Rica where she attended the Monteverde Conservation League (MCL) Annual Assembly meeting, affirmed a continued strong partnership with MCL, and built and refreshed numerous other important relationships in person.
The Monteverde Conservation League of Costa Rica is a private non-profit organization that owns, protects, and purchases land to expand the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (Bosque Eterno de Los Niños – BEN). They expressed gratitude for the contribution that MCLUS brings to their mission–financially, in moral support, and in friendships.
The MCL Annual Assembly reports included progress made in many areas as well as new challenges identified. Land purchase continues to be an important goal as many species migrate to different altitudes in search of food. When forest is present, entirely new species are found almost every 100 meters with only about a 5% overlap. Yúber Rodriguez, current Executive Director of MCL, is continually assessing land buying opportunities with top priority given to land with primary forest within the Bell Bird Biological Corridor.
The 2010 Annual Assembly Meeting was held at the Poco Sol biological field station on the Caribbean slope of the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest on February 13. Some staff hiked across the BEN to attend the meeting and celebrate the new kitchen and dining facility (above). This handsome, high quality structure was built because of generous donations and economical buying of materials.
Laurie Waller (MCLUS Interim Executive Director), Bob Law (MCL Board President), and Yúber Rodriguez (MCL Executive Director), holding a check for the first half of the payment for the Pipe Cruz property, which is part of the Bell Bird Biological Corridor. The second $150,000 must be raised in 2010.
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“On a personal level, the forest is even more beautiful then I remembered. Just think that Costa Rica has only .03% of the world’s land mass, yet has about 5% of the biodiversity. And the BEN has almost 50% of the biodiversity of Costa Rica–in just 54,000 acres! It’s truly packed with life!”
Left to right: begonia flower (San Gerardo field station), juvenile clelia-clelia snake (Poco Sol night hike), molting katydid (Poco Sol night hike), quassia amara bush (Luna Nueva –a biodynamic farm and eco-lodge near Poco Sol owned by New Chapter)
Update on Summer 2010 Trip to the BEN
There is one spot left for the 2010 summer trip (June 11-24) to the BEN with Maggie Eisenberger. If you would like to come and/or would like your name on a waiting list for this year (in case of openings) or for next summer’s trip, please email Maggie at email@example.com or call her at 608-217-5288.
For trip details visit http://friendsoftherainforest.org/eco-tourism/ and for information on the trip leader visit http://friendsoftherainforest.org/mclus-december-2009-newsletter/
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