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   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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Campaign to Purchase Critical Forest Corridor in Coastal Ecuador

May 3rd, 2018 | Catherine Woodward

The Ceiba Foundation has an opportunity to purchase the last forest connection between the Bosque Seco Lalo Loor (BSLL, or Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve) and large remnant forests to the south along the Jama ...

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 ...

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We prefer outside classrooms. What better way to learn botany than on a boat on the Tiputini River en route to see Pygmy marmoset monkeys (Cebuella pygmaea)?

Preferimos aprender al aire libre. Qué mejor manera de aprender botánica que en una lancha en el Río Tiputini de camino a ver leoncillos (Cebuella pygmaea)?
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For the first four months after birth, Dusky titi monkey (Callicebus discolor) fathers are the predominant carriers of the infant. They have a strong bond with their young, transporting them on their backs and acting as the primary caretaker. Titi monkeys are also unique in that they are socially monogamous, meaning they mate for life.

Durante los primeros cuatro meses después del nacimiento, el Cotoncillo rojo (Callicebus discolor) macho juega un papel fundamental en el cuidado de la cría. Tiene un lazo fuerte con su cría y participa activamente en la crianza. Cotoncillos rojos también son únicos por ser monógamos, el macho sólo se aparea con una hembra.
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Las personas y las plantas necesitan lo mismo para vivir. Agua, nutrientes suficientes, y a tomar un poco sol. ☀️ Estos estudiantes sembraron un vivero comunitario en su comunidad de Tabuga, Ecuador. ¡Buen trabajo!

People and plants need the same things to survive. Water, sufficient nutrients, and a little bit of sun.☀️ These students planted a community garden in their town of Tabuga, Ecuador. Good work!

For more information on our projects in Coastal Ecuador, visit www.Ceiba.org
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Have dreams of seeing Blue-Footed Boobies and other rare birds? Study abroad with Ceiba! Each spring, we bring students to the Galapagos Islands, Andes Mountains, and Amazon Rainforest for a semester of exploration, research and incredible encounters. For more information, visit www.Ceiba.org/tcs — Apply today! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our featured intern this week is James Hart, who completed an environmental education internship on the coast of Ecuador.

James shares: “During my time as an environmental education intern with Ceiba I helped organize for an upcoming teacher workshop that will be held at Reserva Bosque Seco Lalo Loor. This meant visiting with teachers from local schools to discuss the program and gather contact information from those interested in participating. The end goal of my work was to help foster a connection between schools, communities and the environment around them through educational programs. It felt good to be a part of that mission. I also had a great time working with a 6th grade class from the local school in Tabuga. They were a really good group of kids, and I often found myself learning as much from them as they were from me." #ceibafoundation #environmentaleducation #conservationinternships
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