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Help discover new species with Wired Amazon

Ana Gamero

Rainforest Expeditions launches the citizen science program, allowing volunteers to be part of research projects while earning travel credits. Would you like to be part of it?

Help discover new species with Wired Amazon

(Photo: El Comercio)

Rainforest Expeditions, an awarding-winning Peruvian ecotourism operator, is a big contributor to the rainforest conservation and research of the rarest species in the Peruvian Amazon.

This year, the ecotourism operator features Wired Amazon, a program that gathers community volunteers to contribute to long-term research and conservation efforts in Tambopata National Reserve. The program includes two projects: “Aerobotany” and “Discover a New Species: Barcode Tambopata”

The first one features an online experience by using footage taken from drones, giving scientists the opportunity to review aerial photos of the rainforest canopy from home. While the second project takes place in Refugio Amazonas Lodge and provides material to analyze the field data and catalogue of some the rarest species of insects. This is part of The International Barcode of Life project, which will gradually build a DNA identification system.

The best part is that scientists (and everyday citizens like you) could earn travel credits while discovering new species!

For more information click here.

This is an excellent opportunity to discover the Amazon rainforest. Would you join it? Let us know how many species you can identify!

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