Would you recommend Life Net Nature?
I first volunteered on a project with Dr. Dusti Becker in Las Tangaras Reserve, Loma Alta, Ecuador, in 2007. I cannot say enough about my incredible experiences as part of her conservation research and education team. I woke each morning to the adventure of participating in bird surveys/ banding, amazing hikes, and lively thoughtful conversation and ecological teachings, all in a magical cloudforest environment. Each day was full of excitement, discovery, and sharing laughs and stories along with focused field studies.
In 2010, I was asked by Dr. Becker to return to Loma Alta on a research grant, joining a local biologist to bring wildlife conservation education workshops to adults and children in Loma Alta and the neighboring town of El Suspiro. The high degree of organization, professionalism, and overall care taken by LifeNet to provide accommodations, transportation and ensure safety during my 3-week stay in Loma Alta, along with the kindness of locals, was absolutely stellar.
Volunteering through Life Net Nature was the most wonderful experience that gave me an incredible insight into fieldwork, avian species identification, and conservation initiatives in Ecuador. If you participate on the trip that takes place on Las Tangaras Reserve, you'll get hands on experience banding, operating a banding station, learning how to identify neotropical species, and much, much more! Dr. Becker is an incredible guide and project leader that you're sure to learn an immense amount from. Also, you'll get to do some hiking and exploring around the area in your free time - what gets better than working with birds and HIKING to waterfalls in a South American cloud forest??! I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in avian biology, conservation work, or even just hobby birdwatchers that are looking to get more involved. Life Net Nature is a completely reputable organization to work with and I would 100% recommend their international volunteer opps!