Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Perú 11

Perú: Yavarí

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Editors: Nigel Pitman, Corine Vriesendorp, Debra Moskovits

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Maps: Willy Llactayo, Richard Bodmer

Translations: EcoNews Peru, Hilary del Campo, Alvaro del Campo, Nigel Pitman, Tyana Wachter, Guillermo Knell

Web design and development: Allyson Meyer, Sergio Rabiela, Ryan Peters, and Asha Patel

Funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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With a field team of more than 40 people, this was the largest of our rapid biological inventories yet. Its success is due to the even larger team of people who helped bring it off. We are particularly grateful to our hosts during the trip: Richard Bodmer, Pablo Puertas, the Wildlife Conservation Society-Peru and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, whose research vessels (the Nutria and Lobo de Río) served as our base and transportation on the Yavarí River and whose long experience in the region facilitated innumerable aspects of the inventory. The crew of the research boats worked double duty, both on the boats and in the field, and we are indebted to them all: Lizardo Inuacari Mozombite, Julio and Jimmy Curinuqui, Gilberto and Pablo Asipali, Reyner Huaya, Edwin Pinedo, Juan Huanaquiri, Juan Huayllahua, Teddy Yuyarima, Gonzalo Pezo, Jorge Pacaya, Justin Pinedo, and Alejando Moreno. We are extremely grateful to Comandante PNP Dario Hurtado, who coordinated our helicopter travels in and out of the field, and who made sure we were picked up despite rains and last-minute changes. Richard Alex Bracy provided additional travel via floatplane. In Iquitos, Roxana Pezo, Renata Leite Pitman, and Carlos Rannenberg provided invaluable logistical support while we were in the field via daily radio contact. Tyana Wachter, as always, was the unfailing source of support in Chicago, keeping things running smoothly no matter what the logistical tangle.

The Intendencia Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre at INRENA provided us the necessary permit for specimen collections. The botanical team thanks the Blga. Felicia Díaz and the Blgo. Manuel Flores for their kindness during our work in the Iquitos herbarium (AMAZ). We are also grateful to Hilter Yumbato Arimuya (who dried the plant specimens), and to Manuel Ahuite, Ricardo Zarate, Carlos Amasifuén, Elvis Valderrama, and Jean Vega (who mounted specimens in AMAZ). We extend special thanks to Glenda Cardenas and Hanna Tuomisto for rapidly identifying our fern collections. We are grateful to Rosario Acero for her help at INRENA, to Asunción Cano for his help at the USM herbarium, and to Tyana Wachter for her invaluable help across the board. The ichthyology team is grateful to Luis Moya of INADE for bibliography, and to Profesora Norma Arana Flores of UNAP for loaning nets. The herpetological team thanks Pekka Soini, Ron Heyer (USNM), Bill Duellman (KU), Taran Grant, Julian Faivovich, Claude Gascon (CI) and especially Marinus Hoogmoed (RMNH), for kindly helping with information and identification of some of the species reported here. Jorge Luis Martínez, Ceci Meléndez and Alessandro Catenazzi contributed in many ways to completing the herpetology report. The ornithological team thanks Tom Schulenberg, Alfredo Begazo, Bret Whitney, J. V. Remsen, Jr., José Álvarez A., Kevin Zimmer, and Mario Cohn- Haft. Robert Kirk at Princeton University Press, Tom Schulenberg and Hilary Burn kindly granted permission to use Hilary’s painting of the Red-fan Parrot and Robert Kirk provided the high-resolution scan. The mammal team is grateful to Miguel Antúnez, Mark Bowler and Pablo Puertas for their help with the mammal census in the Yavarí, and to all participants of the expedition who reported their valuable observations of rare species. The mammal team is also grateful to Nicole Gottdenker, Jessica Coltrane, Alfredo Begazo, Rolando Aquino and Jorge Hurtado for their assistance with transect censuses on the Yavarí Mirín. We are indebted to the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Chicago Zoological Society for funding the mammal censuses along the Yavarí Mirín and at Lago Preto. The team is also indebted to the tremendous support provided by the communities of the Quebrada Blanco and Yavari Mirín rivers; to Tula Fang and Etersit Pezo, who helped with the market data; to Drs. K. Redford, J. Robinson and A. Novaro for discussions about source-sink systems; and to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Chicago Zoological Society, and the Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana for logistical and financial support for data collected prior to the Rapid Biological Inventory, including hunting registers and censuses. Robert Voss (American Museum of Natural History) kindly provided details of a recent bat survey upriver from our sites.

The social team is indebted to the residents of Jorge Chávez, San Jose de Añushi, Fray Pedro, Las Malvinas, Paujil, Angamos, Carolina, San Felipe, Nueva Esperanza, El Chino and San Pedro for welcoming us into their communities and homes during the research period. The team thanks the residents of Nuevo San Felipe on the Yavarí River for sharing their experience of migration in the region; Dave Meyer and Gerardo Bértiz (Rainforest Conservation Fund) for organizing and accompanying us during visits to the communities of the Tahuayo; the staff of the mayor’s office in Islandia for sharing their knowledge on existing settlements, population size, and economic and subsistence activities in the region; the staff of CEDIA (Centro de Desarrollo del Indígena Amazónico) in Iquitos for information provided on the Matsés communities; and Dr. Richard Chase Smith (Instituto del Bien Común) for providing an overview of the communities in the region and sharing his staff’s excellent maps with us.

In Iquitos, we thank the Escuela de Post-Grado de la Universidad Nacional de la Amazonía Peruana for hosting the preliminary presentation and the Doral Inn for logistic support. Nélida Barbagellata and others in the Gobierno Regional of Loreto provided valuable insight on regional conservation. Rodolfo Cruz Miñán helped edit the first version of the Yavarí video. In Lima, we thank CIMA-Cordillera Azul for providing a base and coordinating countless details; INRENA, for hosting the preliminary presentation; Foto Natur, Heinz Plenge Pardo, and Juan Carlos Plenge Pardo for their assistance with Heinz Plenge’s gorgeous photos in this report; Walter Peñaherrera and Ruben Carpio from Fauno Films for the post-production of the final version of the video; and the Hotel Señorial for logistic help. Lily Rodríguez (CIMA) did a fabulous job presenting the inventory results and recommendations at subsequent meetings, and Willy Llactayo (CIMA) did a superb job preparing official maps for technical reports for INRENA. César Reyes, Dave Meyer, and Pablo Puertas continued conversations with authorities and NGOs to promote conservation action.

In Chicago, we thank the staff of The Field Museum, especially Edward Czerwin at the print shop and Rob McMillan for extraordinary efforts. Jessica Smith at Futurity, Inc. provided invaluable help processing satellite images. Besides his brilliant job with logistics, Alvaro del Campo produced excellent video footage and promoted the Yavarí story with reporters. Guillermo Knell, Tatiana Pequeño, Tyana Wachter, and Lily Rodriguez helped tremendously with proofing the Spanish version. Jim Costello, as always, put extraordinary effort into this report and graciously tolerated the confusion and delays caused by our constant travels. Our work continues to benefit immensely from the enthusiastic support of John W. McCarter, Jr., and from financial support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

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