This project asks for funding to purchase the entomology collection materials that will establish the insect collections and to purchase four bat mist-nets for the capture of bats in the bat inventory. In addition, funding is requested to cover the field station costs of the seven biologists that will be conducting the inventory and establishing the entomology collections. The Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society field station will be the base of our operations with the collection to be housed and maintained at Toucan Ridge.
The researchers are donating all of their time for the project (nearly 1,000 hours of work in total) and are also covering all of the travel costs (both airline and in-country travel) as well as all incidental expenses while in Belize or while traveling. All other equipment that is not covered in this request will be provided by the researchers and through partnership with the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California Davis.
In addition to the Bohart Museum of Entomology, another collaborator on the project will be the Biodiversity Center of Belize (associated with the City University of New York). They will be conducting DNA barcoding of the specimens at their research institute in Dangriga (insects as well as the bats). We are thrilled with this opportunity to work with The Biodiversity Center of Belize to add DNA into the catalog of the species we encounter.