Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC)

http://www.coterc.com/

Our goal is to raise $2,090 to purchase and deploy state-of-the-art camera traps to survey mammalian biodiversity at our Costa Rica research station - Caño Palma. The use of this new technology will provide valuable data regarding mammalian densities, and help to better understand the ecology and behaviour of mammals in a dynamic landscape. Camera traps provide a remarkable opportunity to collect data on rarely observed large mammals like jaguar and tapir.

Many animals native to the Caño Palma region are endangered due to hunting, habitat destruction and degradation, and climate change. Mammals in particular are under pressure because their habitats are shrinking as land is developed, and because they are often hunted for their skins or meat. There is an urgent need for better data on mammal movement and population densities in the region.

Tropical mammals provide vital ecosystem services like seed dispersion and nutrient cycling. By using camera traps to understand the dynamics of mammal populations in the forest, our researchers will provide valuable insights to aid in both the design and implementation of conservation plans in Costa Rica.

Thank you greatly for your ongoing commitment to COTERC.


Mission: Provide leadership in education, research, conservation, and optimal use of natural resources in the tropics.

About us: Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC) is a registered Canadian charity based in Pickering Ontario and Costa Rica. Established in 1991, COTERC operates Caño Palma Biological Station, a field research station located in the tropical lowland rainforest of Costa Rica. Here, students and researchers get hands-on experience working on various projects, ranging from endangered sea turtle monitoring, mammal surveys to migratory bird and reptile studies. These studies provide valuable insights to aid in both the design and implementation of conservation plans in Costa Rica. We also provide environmental education programs to the local schoolchildren as well as to public schools in Ontario.

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