MCLUS June 2010 Newsletter – Introducing our new president, Laurie Waller and celebrating the men who protect the rainforest

Rainforest Animals
Photographs taken by elementary students visiting the Children's Eternal Rainforest

Dear Friends,

We are sending you summer greetings and want to apprise you of our recent accomplishments and achievements. As you can imagine, the months following the passing in September 2009 of our founder Rachel Crandell have been a time of growth for all involved. Everyone who knew Rachel admired her passionate work in support of the rainforest and her deep caring for indigenous cultures. We have made every effort to continue what she started and are committed to moving forward. To that end, we have been able to:

  1. Put 50% down on 252 acres of land to add to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.
  2. Continue to help pay for the protection of this 54,000 acre preserve.
  3. Help with distribution of Emberá Stories of Panama Vol. 1 to the Emberá people.

We will keep you informed of our efforts to buy rainforest land, preserve biodiversity, help people who live in the rainforest, and assist with the education of young people. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas as we plan for future initiatives. There is much to be done. We count on your continued support.

Many thanks,
Signed, Jane Oliver
Jane Oliver Board Chair
Monteverde Conservation League U.S., Inc.

Laurie and Rachel in Panama 2009
Laurie and Rachel in Panama 2009
Introducing our new President, Laurie Waller, pictured on the left with the late Rachel Crandell hiking in a rainforest. Laurie has a background in non-profit program development, marketing and studio art. She also helped develop an award-winning environmental education program. You can reach her at 314-941-1257 or

To the Men Who Courageously Protect the Forest: A Special Tribute on Father’s Day

Minor Elizondo, MCL guard, with confiscated equipment and Paca meat

It takes strength, courage and watchful care to guard and maintain the 54,000 acres of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Stewardship demands constant vigilance. These men, both guards and maintenance workers, log long hours under rigorous conditions to stay ahead of those who would strip this pristine forest of its flora and fauna. A constant threat to the animals and plants are the bush meat hunters and collectors of rare species.

MCL Guards Only five guards monitor the entire forest area, and salaries for three of them are paid directly because of MCLUS donor generosity. Without this most basic stewardship the forest could soon lose its large mammals, rare orchids and plants, and many other species.

The forest needs your help! Please click here to donate now or send a check to: MCLUS — 242 Old Sulphur Spring Road, Manchester, MO 63021. We thank you in advance!

More jobs for people who live in the local communities would provide alternatives to money made from illegal poaching in the forest. The long term objective of both MCL and MCLUS is a consistent environmental education program for people who live around the forest.

Green-eyed frog

Guards and Maintenance Workers Assist Valuable Research

Edwin Mendez (left), Minor Elizondo (rgt)

MCL park guards and its maintenance workers participate in research projects that the MCL facilitates in the reserve. The MCL has teamed up with Chester Zoo located in Manchester, England to collect more information about the Green-eyed frog’s natural history as well as determine if the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is connected with its sudden disappearance.

The Green-eyed frog (Lithobates vibicaria) is a species thought to be extinct and was recently rediscovered in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.

Park guard Minor Elizondo and maintenance worker Edwin Mendez collect skin swabs from a juvenile Green-eyed frog in an isolated area of the reserve.

Rainforest birds
We sincerely regret the photographic errors in the most recent MCLUS Newsletter (May 2010). Thanks to all of you who caught the errors and brought them to our attention! The following photos are ones which should have been in the article on bird species that migrate between the Children’s Eternal Rainforest and North America. We have also posted the corrections on our website in our E-Newsletter archives (

Look for new 2011 Eco Trip details in upcoming newsletters!