CTR has produced a 20-minute video of CTR's research, training, and educational projects in the Chocó rainforests of Ecuador. To request a DVD of the video, please email Jordan Karubian at email@example.com. A shortened version of the video (available in English and Spanish) can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
|Haz click aqui por un breve video de los proyectos de CTR en Ecuador en espanol.|
Due to their outstanding importance for conservation, Chocó rainforests are the primary focus of our research in Ecuador. Since 2002, we have been implementing a coordinated, long-term integrative research program in this little-known habitat type. In addition to detailed studies of the Long-wattled Umbrellabird, the Purple-throated Fruitcrow, the Banded Ground-cuckoo, and the Sickle-billed Hummingbird, we have been carrying out long-term monitoring of birds, amphibians, and fruit production in relation to habitat quality. For more information on CTR’s research in the Ecuadorian Chocó, click here.
CTR also conducts extensive research in the Amazon basin, the Andes, and in the coastal dry forests. This research includes studies on macaws in the Amazon, Adelomyia hummingbirds in the Andes, migratory bird species, effects of habitat degradation on natural populations, tests of various reforestation methods, and analyses of the processes which generate and maintain biodiversity. For more on CTR’s research across Ecuador and the rest of Latin America, please click here.
Top-level scientific research forms the basis of an extensive training program for Ecuadorian nationals. CTR has helped design and oversee several honor's theses for Ecuadorian university students, has included several students as coauthors on scientific publications, and has been instrumental in assisting students wanting to obtain advanced degrees in biology in the United States. We have also collaborated with Ecuadorian biologists from a range of universities and NGOs. On a local level, we have trained community members as field biologists in a very successful outreach program in the Chocó. We also have also worked with dozens of international undergraduate and graduate student projects. For more information on CTR’s training program in Ecuador, including volunteer and honor's thesis opportunities, please click here.
At CTR, we believe that community education is a fundamental step toward achieving long-term conservation results. CTR has established a large-scale education initiative in the Ecuadorian Chocó, which operates through local schools to provide environmental education to children in a dozen communities. We complement this program with hands-on, field-based teaching modules and with presentations directed toward adult residents. To find out more about this exciting program, click here.
CTR’s work in Ecuador depends entirely upon grants and donations. We extend special thanks to the following funding sources, and encourage any individuals or groups who are excited by our work to make a donation:
- Audubon Society
- Chicago Zoological Society
- Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
- Conservation, Food & Health Foundation, Inc.
- Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund
- Fulbright Fellowship Program
- National Geographic Society
- National Science Foundation
- Neotropical Bird Club
- University of California, Los Angeles
- Switzer Foundation
- Wildlife Conservation Society