Operation Wallacea review

Review of two Operation Wallacea terrestrial sites

Operation Wallacea Terrestrial Sites Mexico and Honduras The aim of this article is to give some more information on two research sites of Operation Wallacea (Opwall) which I visited as a staff member. More specifically, Calakmul (terrestrial research site of Opwall Mexico) and Cusuco (terrestrial research site of Opwall Honduras). Although I intend to help potential participants to further explore the options and make a decision on which Opwall site to visit, I want to stress out it’s my own opinion and thoughts. Learn more about other volunteer options. I will first describe my roles and activities, where after I … Read more

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White Wilderness 2017 – Slovakia

10 Pack, a bear sighting, and a wolf sighting! It was January 2017, so if you’ve seen the rest of my blog, it’s quite clear I like to spend my winters in Slovakia. This winter I joined the White Wilderness Project from the Slovak Wildlife Society again. Maybe it was going to be my last year, maybe not. One thing was for sure, I was going to enjoy some more winter snow tracking in the Slovak mountains and make some good friends and create some nice stories to join me for the rest of my life. I couldn’t wish … Read more

Belize-2016

Fieldwork with Panthera Belize: Part 2 [2016]

I went from Honduras to Belize to join Panthera Belize again for a bit of fieldwork. I joined them as a volunteer last year, and I had a great experience (read more about it here). I had an amazing time there, so I was eager to meet up with them once again. This time I just stayed for a short period time.  A short description of what you can expect in this blog post: Travel to Belize Fielwork Last Day – Jaguar Sighting! Support Jaguar Research Travel to Belize I was on the island of Utila, Honduras, and I had … Read more

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Opwall once again, Cusuco National Park in Honduras this time…

Opwall Honduras 2016: another Operation Wallacea season The Journey to Honduras (it took a while to get some updates on this blog… but here is a bit of an update about my stay in Cusuco – also check out the Honduras page) Another field season had started in June 2016 (Opwall Honduras). My rough plans were going to Honduras for another field season with Operation Wallacea and afterwards head North the join Panthera Belize again for a short visit. So I booked my return flight to Belize City and from there I took an international flight from Belize City … Read more

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White Wilderness 2016 – Slovakia

  Otter Tracks & Kill Site Near the River During the winter of 2016 I went back to Slovakia as a staff member for the White Wilderness Project of the Slovak Wildlife Society ( check out my blogs about 2015, 2014, 2013, & 2012). This year we had some interesting stories as well. I came across some otter tracks near a small stream, we have found a kill site in the river, and we found some very fresh blood drops… We also come across some other beehive defences against bears. Otter Tracks During one of the transects we didn’t find … Read more

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Volunteering with Panthera Belize: Part 1 [2015]

How it all began… From my blog post from South Africa:“…While I was wondering around I got into a second-hand book store where I got lost in the ‘nature’ section. Suddenly I came across a very old book of (at that time) my wildlife conservation hero ‘Alan Rabinowitz’. It was the book “JAGUAR: One Man’s Struggle to Save Jaguars in the Wild” from 1987…”. One day I was going to get to Belize and join Panthera Belize, and it seems like this day was going to come sooner then I ever could wish for. When everything was in place to … Read more

Mexico-Calakmul

8 weeks of research with Opwall in Calakmul (Mexico)

Our Research So far Mexico has been great. Due to a lack of internet in the jungle, here is an update on my time in Calakmul National Park. I was a staff member of the awesome mammal team in a research project from Operation Wallacea (Opwall). Besides mammals, there was also research on bats, birds, herps, habitat, butterflies, monkeys, … every week we had a school group coming over the experience all these different facets of field biology. Anyway, the mammal research had a couple of aspects. We walked transects in search for tracks. This part was very interesting … Read more

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Cancun: nightlife and wildlife

Me and my luggage arrived safe and well in Cancun, Mexico. My flight from Brussels to Madrid was about an hour delayed. Luckily there was an airport steward waiting for us to get us as fast as possible to the gate for Cancun. I have spent my first 2 days in downtown Cancun, and now I’m near the beach enjoying some free time before catching the bus to the Mexican jungle at 5 AM on Saturday (tomorrow). For people joining this project and are not interested in staying a ton of money for Clipper hotel: I stayed in Hostel … Read more

Mexico-Start

Cancun-Mexico

It’s time for a new adventure. I’m off to Mexico to join a research project in the Calakmul Nature Reserve. I will try to post some updates, but I’m not sure how easy it will be over there. More info about the project: http://opwall.com/undergrad-research-assistants/locations/mexico/ Check out other projects/blogs: Opwall 2015: Mexico Opwall 2016: Honduras Belize Other blogs from this Central American adventure: Cancun: Nightlife and Wildlife 8 weeks of research with Opwall in Calakmul (Mexico) Volunteering with Panthera Belize: Part 1 [2015]

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White Wilderness 2015 – Slovakia

3 Days of Wolf Tracking During the field season of 2015, I was very lucky to track a lot of wolves. Basically, we stumbled up on wolf tracks during a transect. They were about 6 of them, which is fairly uncommon. The interesting part was that not only my group found evidence of a large pack, there were 2 other groups as well. We couldn’t tell for sure if these tracks were all from the same wolf pack. In the next days we tried to connect the dots. This was a very cool experience, both for staff and volunteers. … Read more