Forest Inventory and Monitoring

Conduct a tree inventory of the reserve to understand the species and check the well-being of our forest.

The Program

Recently we conducted a tree inventory of one of the IPBio trails (642 meters) which is located in an area of the reserve which consists of highly anthropized secondary forest. This inventory found 22 species from 15 distinct families. Moreover, we collected information on morphological characteristics, occurrence, wood, utility, ecological information, phenology, seeds description and seedling production for each species.We would like to expand this project to our various other trails and areas of the reserve (which vary in stage of ecological succession and other differeniating factors) to get a complete inventory of trees on our reserve. Additionally, we would like to use this paper as the basis for monitoring the growth and well-being of the reserves forest as well as produce short description posters for each tree so visitors can learn about our flora diversity.

Living at IPBio

Volunteers will stay at the Darwin House, situated on the reserve itself, which accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. It is the volunteer’s responsibility to maintain and clean the house, we take this very seriously. Volunteers can use our organic vegetable and herb patch in their cuisine. Shops are in the town of Iporanga 6km away from the reserve, which you can walk or get a lift, where there are various shops with all you will need. Every day you will wake up to the sound of birds, monkeys and frogs and can explore the reserves grounds. During the weekend volunteers can visit the State Parks to explore the caves, hike into the dense forest surrounding them or visit the waterfalls. At the reserve we have a deck where you can swim as well as use our tubes (big circular water balloons) to drift down the river along with the current. Volunteers can also organize dinners, movie nights or social events which can be enjoyed with a glass of wine or two. You can use the internet at the Center to Skype loved ones.

Location

The Atlantic Forest stretches from the northeastern to the southern regions of Brazil and northern Argentina and southeastern Paraguay. Five hundred years ago, the Atlantic Forest of Brazil covered approximately 330 million acres, but today only 7% remains. In the Ribeira Valley, our region of the Atlantic Forest, we are at the footsteps of 21% of the 7% that is left, it being largest contiguous section of the Atlantic Forest. Despite the forests diminished state it still ranks as a global conservation priority. Although it is now just a small fraction of the size of the Amazon rainforest, the Atlantic Forest still harbors a range of biological diversity similar to that of the Amazon. The Atlantic Forest harbors around 2,200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians – 5% of the vertebrates on Earth. This includes nearly 200 bird species found nowhere else. The Betary Reserve is located next to one of the most famous Brazilian State Parks named PETAR. The region is called the Cave Capital as it known for containing over 300 spectacular caves, some which are accessible to tourists.  

Suitable for

Couples
Singles
Families
Groups

Typical day

A typical working day will range from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm including the tasks of:

  • Hiking around our trails, marking, photographing, measuring and identifying our trees
  • Collecting flowers, leafs and other parts of unknown species to identify them
  • Uploading all field data onto our database
  • Researching

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV/Resume
Other Skills
Education in biology, forest engineering, botany or related field would be a huge benefit; however, we are willing to accept a non-biologist who is very interested, willing to learn and who would stay at least 2 months so they have time to train.
Speak either English or Portuguese well.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

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Forest Inventory and Monitoring The Darwin House where volunteers stay Studying frogs Bioluminescent mushrooms IPBio Center Iporanga, the closest town (6km) to our reserve Our neighbours Our Micro Climate Greenhouse where frogs live ``Tubing`` down the  river Visit our Caves

Free-time activities

During the weekend volunteers can visit the National Parks to explore the caves, hike into the dense forest surrounding them or visit the waterfalls. Wildlife watching is a common free-time activity and at the center have our own greenhouse with frogs and native fish aquarium. At the reserve we have a deck where you can swim as well as use our tubes (big circular water balloons) to drift down the river along with the current. Volunteers can also organize dinners, movie nights or social events.

Water Sports
Swimming
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

Services

What's included?
This covers your accommodation, full access to the reserve, internet access and the use of any equipment we have. Volunteers will pay for their own food and cook for themselves. Volunteers are also responsible for paying for any extra costs such as travel costs, visa costs etc.
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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Accommodation

The Darwin House, where volunteers stay, is situated on the reserve itself and accommodates up to 8 people in 2 rooms. This house has a bathroom with a hot shower and has a fully equipped kitchen where volunteers can cook. Example of basic food costs: spaghetti - 5 reais, beans - 5 reais and we have someone in town that provides ready-made meals for 12 reais.

Dorm Room Guesthouse Bedroom (Single) Bungalow Bedroom (Double)
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
2 weeks (min. stay)
$280
3 weeks
$420
4 weeks
$560
5 weeks
$700
10 weeks
$1400
18 weeks
$2520
50 weeks (max. stay)
$7000

You can volunteer at the project site in Iporanga/Brazil between 2 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. IPBio - Reserva Betary will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$140/week
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with IPBio - Reserva Betary during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Estrada Iporanga – Apiaí, Km 6, 18330-000 Iporanga, Brazil