Volunteer Group 2 Gone…

Well, another group is done and gone.  Group 2 went home this morning after another nice visit to Tanjung Puting (their first and my second!), and man am I exhausted.  We got back on the bus from Pangkalan Bun at about 2:30 am today, then the volunteers hopped on their flight to Jakarta at 6:50 am.  Suffice it to say that no one got any sleep! However, I think everyone had a good time and overall the group was another success.  Thanks to them we got all of the planting for our seedling experiment done in about 10 days and finished 225 vegetation plots for a student project, and most importantly for them they are on their way home with lots of stories about- and photos of- orangutans, tarsiers, lorises, gibbons, kelasi, snakes, birds, the great friends they made at camp, and so on and so on…

Group 2 and interns at Tanjung Puting, November 2012

Now after 1.5 days off for me, it’s on to the next thing.  We have a BBC film crew scheduled to come to camp for about 8 days this coming week, and taking care of all of the logistics and field work for them is my responsibility.  I’m actually not sure how much I’m allowed to say about why they are coming, but they will be setting up some HD video cameras to catch footage of animals and the forest for an upcoming series.  These cameras will stay out for an entire year, so we have a lot of work to do to get all of the proper equipment set up at each of their filming sites!  This is quite exciting for us, though; we’ve had film crews come to Sabangau in the past but this will likely be the most intense project yet.  And, we get to use their film for our own camera trap database, so it’s a win-win.

Hopefully now that the volunteers are gone again I can update this blog more frequently, and maybe even Skype some people that I’ve been missing 🙂  Keep checking back for news!

Me in the field measuring seedlings for the reforestation project


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