In the past year we have added some new online methods for sharing information about the monkeys. With the help of UCLA undergraduates Dan Hirshleifer and Alexa Shackelford, we uploaded video clips of most of the behaviors in the monkeys' behavioral repertoire, which you can view on this link of our website:
The Capuchin Foundation Facebook page has become the place where we most regularly post news, photos and videos about the project and about the lives of the monkeys. We also maintain Facebook pages for three individual monkeys (Pitufo, Dali and Chaos), so that viewers can better imagine the trials and tribulations of life as a capuchin monkey. Please visit our Facebook page, and if you like what you see, "like" it and encourage your friends to visit it as well.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014
This year marked the driest rainy season in the history of the monkey project. The photo below is the menu for the monkeys in July, 2014. No succulent fruits: they were eating the wind dispersed seeds of Luehea and the hard seeds of monkey's comb and achiote fruits - foods they normally don't even bother to sample. There were hardly any insects available either, though they found some grasshoppers and paper wasp larvae. There seems to be a general trend for the weather to be hotter and drier, and for greater irregularity in the timing of the fruiting of plants in the monkeys' diet. Notice how dry the undergrowth is in the middle of the rainy season this year!
Monday, 15 December 2014
We have a new educational tool for environmental education teachers! Matt Ziegler, a research assistant at the Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project, has developed a new website designed to show people what monkeys do all day, and what our research team documents about their behavior. He has created a website: http://www.winslowhomerday.net
Monday, 24 February 2014
Forest fires are always a problem in tropical dry forest, but this year our study site was hit particularly hard at the end of the 2013 dry season, when a fire burned the Las Mesas sector of the field site, part of the Pelon forests, and the watershed portion of the reserve that was formerly the San Ramon de Bagaces Agro-ecological Reserve. Our preliminary assessment of the damage indicates that three groups had >70% of their range destroyed, 3 had <10% of their ranges destroyed, and 4 groups had 20-40% of their home ranges burned.
|Pitufo forages for bromeliad shoots.|
Monday, 23 December 2013
2013 has been a harrowing year for all researchers working at long-term field sites in primatology due to changes in government funding priorities. In the heyday of long-term field research in primatology, both NIH and NSF were the primary supporters of such research. Several years ago, NIH stopped funding research on healthy animals in their natural environments in order to focus more exclusively on biomedical models of human diseases, but until recently, NSF’s Animal Behavior, Biological Anthropology and Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology programs were viable sources of funding for projects such as ours.