Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Perú 15

15: Perú: Megantoni

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Editors: Corine Vriesendorp, Lelis Rivera Chávez, Debra Moskovits, Jennifer Shopland

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Translations: Patricia Alvarez, Elizabeth Anderson, Lydia Gentry, Walter Kategari Iratsimeri, Sarah Kaplan, Tatiana Pequeño, Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez, Miguel Chacami Shiompiki, Amanda Zidek-Vanega, Tyana Wachter.

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

Funding: Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

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Although too numerous to thank individually, we are deeply grateful to each and every person who made our work in Megantoni possible, and to all who then translated our results into the creation of a new National Sanctuary in Peru, the Santuario Nacional Megantoni.

The indigenous communities that neighbor the now Santuario Nacional Megantoni, worked for 22 years with CEDIA to protect these spectacular mountains and their extraordinary cultural and biological riches. We congratulate these communities for their perseverance and we thank them for inviting us to inventory the scientifically unexplored mountains. We especially thank the communities of Timpía, Matoriato, and Shivankoreni, who participated in the preparations, logistics, and execution of the inventory.

The success of a rapid inventory in such remote and inaccessible sites depends largely on the unwavering resolve of the logistics team. We were blessed with an energetic group who saw no challenge as insurmountable. Leading the advance team— which set up ground logistics, heliports, campsites, trails— was Guillermo Knell, with José-Ignacio (Pepe) Rojas and Aldo Villanueva. Heading the intricate transportation logistics was expert problem solver and superb helicopter pilot, Dario Hurtado. The staff of CEDIA stepped in with coordination and other help at every step, from support with radio communications to provision of last-minute supplies. We thank the Hostal Alto Urubamba and the Police Headquarters (Comisaría) in Quillabamba, especially Major Walter Junes, for generously going out of their way a number of times to support the team. Fritz Lutich and pilots Roberto Arias and Ricardo Gutierrez (Helisur) facilitated the entry of the advance team. The Peruvian National Police helped with storage and logistics in-between flights. Pilot Daniel de la Puente and engineer Juan Pablo San Cristobal (Copters Peru) tried hard not to leave us stranded too often. And we owe special thanks to Ing. Funes, of Techin, SA, for rescuing us when we did get stranded, sending one of his busy helicopters to move us from Kapiromashi (Camp 1) to Katarompanaki (Camp 2).

The first campsite, Kapiromashi, and trails were masterfully set up under the coordination of Pepe Rojas and the work of Timpía residents Filemon Olarte, Gilberto Martinez, Javier Mendoza, Jaime Dominguez, Martin Semperi, Francisco Garcia, and Beatriz Nochomi (cook). Guillermo Knell, with the help of Dani Rivera, coordinated the stunning campsite on the mossy plateau of the second camp, Katarompanaki, with the skilled work of Jose Semperi, Valerio Tunqui, Felipe Semperi, Cesar Mendoza, Antonio Nochomi, Wilber Yobeni, Pedro Korinti, Rina Intaqui (cook), and Adolfo Nochomi, also residents of Timpía. We thank the chief of Timpía, Camilo Ninasho, for his support. The third and highest campsite, Tinkanari, was the masterwork of Aldo Villanueva and his team from Matoriato— Roger Yoyeari, Gilmar Manugari, Bocquini Sapapuari, Luis Camparo, Samuel Chinchiquiti, Yony Sapapuari (cook), Patricio Rivas, and Ronald Rivas—and from Shivankoreni, Miguel Chacami and Esteban Italiano. We thank Delia Tenteyo and René Bello for keeping all of us well fed in the field.

For help in species identification, the botany team thanks Eric Christenson, Jason Grant, Charlotte Taylor, Lucia Lohmann, James Luteyn, Andrew Henderson, Stefan Dressler, Lucia Kawasaki, Bil Alverson, Jun Wen, Nancy Hensold, Paul Fine, John Kress, and David Johnson. For help in drying specimens, we thank Marlene Mamani, Karina Garcia, Natividad Raurau, Angela Rozas, Vicky Huaman, William Farfan, Javier Silva, Walter Huaraca, Darcy Galiano, and Guido Valencia. In Chicago, Sarah Kaplan processed many of the images, and Tyana Wachter lent her help and magic every step along the way.

Francois Genier helped identify dung beetles. Richard Vari, Scott Schaefer, Mario de Pinna, and Norma Salcedo helped with fish identifications, and Hernán Ortega reviewed the fish manuscript. We thank Charles Myers, William Duellman, David Kizirian, Roy McDiarmid, Michael Harvey, Diego Cisneros, and especially Javier Icochea, for help in identification of reptiles and amphibians. Dani Rivera actively participated in the herpetological fieldwork, especially in Camp Katarompanaki. Guillermo Knell, as always, participated in fieldwork and in the photographing of the herpetofauna.

Constantino Aucca, Nathaniel Gerhart, Ross McLeod, John O'Neill, J. V. Remsen, Thomas Schulenberg, Douglas Stotz, Thomas Valqui, Barry Walker, and Bret Whitney all contributed valuable comments to the bird manuscript. We thank Paul Velazco and Marcelo Stucchi for their revisions of the mammal chapter. The editors thank all authors for their efforts in writing their chapters quickly and, especially, for their fast production of summary charts as soon as we arrived in Cusco. These summaries became the core of the presentation for requesting Santuario Nacional status for the biologically rich mountains of Megantoni. CEDIA’s team (especially Jorge Rivera) and Sergio Rabiela, Dan Brinkmeier, and Kevin Havener were extremely helpful in producing the maps for the report.

We thank Heinz Plenge (who joined us in the first camp) for the use of his gorgeous photographs and Guillermo Knell for his excellent videos in the field. For invaluable help in final edits we thank Douglas Stotz, and throughout the inventory, we thank Jorge Aliaga and Malaquita Vargas in CIMA (Lima), and Tyana Wachter, Brandy Pawlak, and Rob McMillan at The Field Museum (Chicago).

Tyana was also wonderful help with the translations. As always, Jim Costello gave completely of himself to capture the essence of this inventory in his design of the report. John W. McCarter, Jr. continues to be a strong believer in, and supporter of, our conservation programs. We thank the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their grant supporting this inventory.

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