Observation Platform in the Trees!

 

From wading through forest ponds with piercing volumes of croaking frogs to crouching low among the brush in the hopes of not startling the little armadillo rapidly scuttling across the forest floor, our monitoring both day and night of numerous animals has rewarded us quite well. Although we can observe and record the behavior of a wide variety of animals living at ground level, other creatures are overlooked due of their arboreal lifestyle. Based on this undeniable reality, it appears that our terrestrial nature has confined us to the ground, separating us from the seemingly impenetrable, secret world taking place high within the canopy. 
But what if there was a way to elevate ourselves and take us closer to the canopy? After scouting out various scenic points, we found a way to construct an observation platform within the trees! What makes this platform different from your typical observation tower? Rather than using pre-cut wood as our foundation, which quickly deteriorates in tropical regions, we chose to secure the platform on a healthy living tree. The use of a living base not only minimizes our presence, it also provides greater resistance to environmental factors such as humidity, rain, fungus, and termites that can threaten the stability and safety of the platform. With this new observation site established, we can broaden our monitoring efforts and learn more about our canopy residents!  

 

From wading through forest ponds with piercing volumes of croaking frogs to crouching low among the brush in the hopes of not startling the little armadillo rapidly scuttling across the forest floor, our monitoring both day and night of numerous animals has rewarded us quite well. Although we can observe and record the behavior of a wide variety of animals living at ground level, other creatures are overlooked due of their arboreal lifestyle. Based on this undeniable reality, it appears that our terrestrial nature has confined us to the ground, separating us from the seemingly impenetrable, secret world taking place high within the canopy. 

But what if there was a way to elevate ourselves and take us closer to the canopy? After scouting out various scenic points, we found a way to construct an observation platform within the trees! What makes this platform different from your typical observation tower? Rather than using pre-cut wood as our foundation, which quickly deteriorates in tropical regions, we chose to secure the platform on a healthy living tree. The use of a living base not only minimizes our presence, it also provides greater resistance to environmental factors such as humidity, rain, fungus, and termites that can threaten the stability and safety of the platform. With this new observation site established, we can broaden our monitoring efforts and learn more about our canopy residents!  

Here’s our Recognition List of People on the project who helped make this dream possible! THANK YOU!!!! 

  • Scouting Crew-->Shari, Violaine, Sloane, Luisa
  • Disarming of old tower/material transport--> Hannah, Laura, Clara, Emily
  • Material Transport/Platform Set-up--> Asa, Zhen
  • Securing Foundation/Varnishing/Accessorizing-->Amar, Ines, Ana


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