Collect information, which will help us to assess where to release the birds and where we can find them to monitor their progress.
You will help us to: create a map with the positions of the fruit trees in the management area; check when their fruiting period starts and ends; do research about which bird species like which fruit tree species; collect native seeds. With this information, we can better assess where to release the birds as we can direct them towards a food source. Moreover, these birds are tagged and monitored after their reintroduction to the wild to ensure they are adapting well and therefore identifying fruit trees in the area will increase the likelihood of finding the bird to monitor their progress.
During your work at the organization, there is a good chance you will encounter wildlife. All volunteers are expected to support in our fauna monitoring; whereby, sighting of wildlife should be noted and hopefully photographed in an attempt to identify species living in the area. It is important to know what birds are already on the reserve, as well as identify their predators like the oncilla, to understand the natural competition they will face.
The Betary Reserve is situated about 6 kilometres from Iporanga. Iporanga is a small municipality in the State of São Paulo, founded in 1755 on the banks of the Ribeira de Iguape River and at the mouth of the Rio Iporanga. The name Iporanga of Tupi origin means "beautiful river". Iporanga has around 4,300 inhabitants and a total area of 127,700 hectares.
You will be working closely with our volunteer coordinator, the manager of FreeWildlife Brazil Celine and our other volunteers. We have partnered with IPBio (Biodiversity Research Institute), an NGO that also works on the Betary Reserve with whom we cooperate closely, to develop a joint volunteer program. Although you won't work directly with them, you will definitely meet IPBio's staff members and volunteers with whom we often do weekend activities and have dinner parties.
As a volunteer at FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine you work from Monday to Friday. A typical working day will range from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with tasks like:
Our town is called the Cave Capital of Brazil so volunteers often visit our state parks to explore the caves. Hike into the dense forest and visits to waterfalls are also common activities. Tubing, big balloons, are used to drift down the rivers, some of the river route are 3 hours long! After work volunteers can swim on the reserve deck, organize dinners, watch movies, read and go wildlife watching. On the weekend we often have a barbeque or organize dinner at a restaurant. Often there are social events or parties in the community that volunteers can go to.
This fee covers the volunteer’s accommodation, internet access and project costs.
Help us to maintain the grounds, the vegetable patch and the native seedling production.
Build and design an informative website that can promote FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine and its ability to combat the hunting, trafficking and illegal capture of wild animals.
Raise awareness about FreeWildlifeBrazil Celine and fundraise to support our projects.
Help us by expanding our wildlife database of photos and videos on flora and fauna of the Atlantic Forest and create videos and documentaries.