Volunteers needed!! We are getting the first cabin built on the reserve for future volunteers. It is going to be 2 stories high and is looking pretty impressive we think! The cabin is being built from fallen trees from the forest floor, which are being transported to the site by mules. No forest trees are being cut down to build it, with the building materials and design being sustainability focused. With two local carpenters leading the project it will be an exciting learning experience for volunteers interested in carpentry. Along with the cabin building there will be the building of ecological bathrooms for organic compost.
The reserve is a bird enthusiast’s paradise, with over 150 different bird species to be found there. One such species is the rare and much sought after Long Wattled Umbrella Bird. When a bird specialist surveyed the reserve along with all the surrounding areas, Reserva Mundo Verde was the only area where the bird was been spotted, and on several occasions. As part of its preservation, Luis reforested the pastures that border the forest wall, as well as along fence lines in order to help re-connecting forest patches.
Luis has connected with other farms of the community as well who are wanting to devote part of their land for reforestation. Volunteers can help by rescuing small trees found in inappropriate places such as close to the road or under large trees, that if left alone would not make it to maturity. We are putting them in the green house and taking care of them until they are strong enough to replant. Additionally, we are buying seedlings from a community group that grows them for reforestation purposes. These trees are planted around the same time that we buy them.
Bird watching trails
A job that constantly requires attention is keeping the forest trails maintained. With leaves, sticks and tropical forest plants growing rapidly, and the occasional tree falling on the path, they are always are in need of attention. However with a machete and hoe in hand they are looking good in no time!
With the new green house built and ready to use and the rainy season here, we have plenty of time to spend in the green house (pictured below). We have a variety of seeds to be planted, ground to be prepared and crops such as yucca, potatoes, chines and corn to be planted. So if you’re interested in gardening, there’ll be lots for you to get involved in.