These policies were developed to successfully perpetuate the station’s mission. Please accept and abide by them in that spirit. When you take risks at a field station, you affect everyone else.
- Use the check out/check in system when going out to work on the trails. If you will be working far from camp, tell someone where you will be, in case we have to look for you.
- Don’t use any equipment you are not trained to use properly. This includes tree-climbing gear, generators, outboard motors, chain-saws, etc.
- No climbing of trees unless this is required for your research (for which you must have the appropriate equipment).
- Life jackets must be worn at all times when traveling by boat on the river.
- Don’t ignore cuts, bites, stings, scrapes, splinters, punctures etc. Any break in the skin must be attended to with proper medications.
- Don’t eat anything you do not know for certain can be eaten safely by humans. Just because monkeys eat it, that is no guarantee that we can. There are fruits in the monkey diet that CANNOT be eaten by humans.
- No swimming further than 5m from the river bank.
- No swimming alone (bathing near the river bank alone when others are nearby is permitted).
- STRICTLY no bathing at night (caiman are more active and may be more aggressive at night).
- Animals and plants should be disturbed as little as possible. Maintain an appropriate distance from wildlife and seek to learn how best to approach target species from researchers who have worked with them previously.
- No feeding of animals. Please make sure personal snacks are stored appropriately.
- Do not handle any animals with which you are unfamiliar or for which you are untrained. This includes all invertebrates (spiders, caterpillars, scorpions, etc).
- All equipment must be removed from the forest and station at the end of a research project. The station’s staff is instructed to remove all unauthorized foreign material from the forest if an investigator neglects to do so.
- Any marks, flagging, tags, etc., must be approved by us. You must remove them after study completion unless we management gives specific approval (typically because leaving the marks will facilitate long-term research and continuity).
- No removal of organic material (e.g. seeds, animals) unless explicitly permitted for your research.
- If you can, please use environmentally friendly soap and shampoo for bathing.
- Do not cut trails unless with the express approval
- At all times be judicious of your use of resources, including power, water, and station supplies.
- Be considerate to others, and keep noise down.
- Excessive alcohol use is strongly discouraged, and inappropriate behavior resulting from alcohol abuse will result in loss of this privilege.
- We don’t provide personal caretakers. Please tidy up after yourself (wash own dishes after every meal, clear tents, rooms sites and lab spaces regularly, etc.) and pitch in to help with camp chores in a spirit of camaraderie. Once a week, everyone is expected to dedicate time to thorough cleaning/sweeping/dusting, etc.
- Our policy is to create and maintain a drug-free environment. Improper use of controlled substances is inconsistent with the professional and responsible behavior we expect from researchers and staff. Use of illegal drugs will not be tolerated.
- Always ask permission of the management before appropriating station tools for your own use.
- Volunteers and investigators resident are obliged to contribute a small amount of their time to station upkeep. By doing so, you are helping to keep the cost of running the station to a minimum. Here are a few examples of situations that may require your effort / cooperation:
- Unloading supplies from the boat and carrying them to the station
- Moving fuel cylinders from the boats to the storage shed at the top of the river bank, etc.