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by Dr. Kelly Keena, Board President We sat in the green and white wooden Explorama boat nosed into the bank of a small tributary stream. The dense branches had a clearing and the equally dense brown water was still. The perfect place to fish for piraña. It’s a relatively simple process – stab a small…

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by Dr. Nancy Trautmann, founding board member of the Morpho Institute As an environmental scientist and educator, my career has centered on helping educators reach beyond lectures and textbooks to engage students in investigating real-world environmental science issues. When I traveled to Peru in 2015 as a faculty member for the Educator Academy in the…

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Black Lives Matter. Black Voices Matter. Dear Morpho Community, The past few months we’ve weathered the heart-wrenching news of loved ones lost to a global virus disproportionately affecting Communities of Color in the U.S. and our friends in Iquitos, Peru. In the past few weeks we’ve grappled with outrage at the brutal murders of innocent Black…

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One month ago. We were finalizing the roster for our 2020 Educator Academy in the Amazon. We were celebrating a fruitful collaboration with our conservation partners.We were hatching plans for student research projects in the Amazon. One month ago, we had no idea how much the world would change. One month ago. Multiple troops of…

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Taking Flight! Children’s Love of Birds Inspires Hope for the Amazon Authors:  Brian Landever, Director of CONAPAC & Christa Dillabaugh, Director of the Morpho Institute What happens when you mix 1000+ students, 250 teachers, 75 binoculars, 26 remote Amazon rainforest communities, a host of international partners, and one ecolodge?  An incredible bird education project in…

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Janet Ort, 2018 Educator Academy Scholar I have been to the rainforest many times: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, and of course the Peruvian rainforest almost 20 times. These trips span over 40 years of age, experience, and hopefully wisdom. Each time there is a primal sense of connection. My senses are overwhelmed by sound, light,…

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