Learn about Laura Marsh’s four-month expedition in the Amazon rainforest to search for a species of saki monkey at the February Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting. This talk will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.
Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers to hear about Dr. Laura Marsh’s four-month expedition into the flooded depths of the Amazon rainforest to search for a saki monkey that had not been seen alive for over 80 years. Dr. Marsh’s talk will be held at the Los Alamos Nature Center on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
Marsh will chronicle her team’s exciting search for a particular species of saki monkey that had not been seen since the 1930s. Her team of international researchers, local guides, conservationists and photographers endured difficult conditions on their quest. They often rose before dawn to put on heavy long pants, long sleeves, boots and a hat in 100 percent humidity and up to mid-90 degree temperatures to go slogging through various habitats covered in biting insects and mud. Sometimes their fieldwork had to cease due to intense pouring rains and occasionally the researchers had to swim across channels in all of their clothing with all of their gear!
Learn about the trials and tribulations of this research excursion and more at this talk. Marsh will also discuss what she and other researchers learned about hunting, fishing and forest use by local people. This talk is free to attend and no advance registration is needed.
PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org.