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Welcome to Ceiba

   Creating win-win solutions for biodiversity and people

Ceiba’s mission is to help people improve their livelihoods through the conservation of biodiversity.  Our focus is on protecting the seasonally dry tropical forests of western Ecuador, and the Andean cloud forests, two of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth.  We believe that conservation of biodiversity will alleviate poverty if rural landowners and communities are empowered to make ecologically-sound land management decisions.  Founded in 1997, with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, Ceiba works primarily in the South American nation of Ecuador, a country that comprises some of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems.

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Let Me Tell You ‘Bout the Birds and the Bees … and Iguanas

April 12th, 2018 | Joe Meisel

In Galapagos there is courtship in the air.  The 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester is in the midst of a three week tour of these world-famous islands, and everywhere we go we see Blue-footed Boobies displaying ...

King of the Jungle (actually, Queen)

March 16th, 2018 | Joe Meisel

The  2018 Tropical Conservation Semester spent an amazing two weeks in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador, and had the incredible good fortune of spotting a jaguar (Panthera onca) on our final day!  The top predator ...

Cold and Wet, and Happy, in the High Andes

January 23rd, 2018 | Joe Meisel

Students come to Ecuador and join the Tropical Conservation Semester program to explore the amazing diversity of ecosystems this country has to offer, to immerse themselves in local culture, and to experience first hand the unique ...

This beautiful snake is an Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii). It is an arboreal species that inhabits different types of forests from Mexico to Perú, prefering not-altered forests. Its diet includes lizards, tree frogs, hummingbirds, bats, and small rodents. Individuals of this species have a high morphological variability both in colour (green, yellow, pinkish) and scale´s arrangement. It is listed as Near Threatened by the Ecuadorian Red List of Threatened Reptiles. ... See MoreSee Less

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Taking advantage of the rainy season and thanks to all your generous donations of #GivingTreeDay we were able to plant 300 trees of native species in a nearby property. The owner of this property, Mr. Oswaldo Silva (Bola), is trying to restore up to 10 hectares throughout "environmentally sustainable and productive agroforestry systems based on practices like permaculture and bio-construction". This is another step in the implementation of the Jama Conservation Corridor.
Thanks to Ocelote Project for the welcome and the amazing lunches they provided us!!
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Ceiba is hiring!

We are looking for a motivated individual to help us with communications and marketing. Help us spread the word about our fantastic field course opportunities, keep the Ceiba community engaged and up to date on our projects, and contribute to our ongoing fundraising efforts.

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At Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve we want you to get a bit closer to our day to day work. To do so we have started this section of "Meet our Interns" with one of our first interns of the year: Dane Whittaker

Dane joined as an intern this Spring. He left his job in the tech industry to pursue conservation and started his journey at the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve. He has focused on conducting measurements and assessments of the health of the trees in our two Forest Dynamics plots. The two 1 hectare plots are representative of the 200 hectares we have and are evaluated periodically to understand the growth, recruitment, and mortality rates of the forest. Dane also shared his expertise in marketing with the local businesses in a workshop to teach and apply marketing fundamentals. While at the Reserve, Dane was accepted to Arizona State University´s School of Sustainability and will start his masters there in the fall. Good luck in your new career path!!

"My favorite part of working at the reserve has been watching the forest change with the rainy season. I watched the caterpillars hatch, grow and they are now metamorphosizing into butterflies. It is magical to experience."

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TCS 2018 Marine biology.
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