Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Love-Love Relationship with GVI Costa Rica Part IV

Faithful followers of the GVI Costa Rica blog will remember this heartfelt eulogy from May of this year:

And what about Sara Calçada? GVI Costa Rica staff member, Master of Conservation Biology, expedition bookkeeper and head of sales, boat captain, talented wildlife photographer, double project manager for the Jaguar Predation of Marine Turtles study and the Camera Trapping study, a demon at cards and a bloody great friend – it may be easier to say what Sara hasn’t done for the expedition in the last year; the answer to which would be: not a lot!

Unfortunately for us, Sara returned home to Portugal in April to be with her family and leaving some very big (and green) shoes to fill. Keen to maintain the relationship Sara has built with us at GVI Costa Rica, she will be continuing to work with the staff after she arrives home to help develop the projects and expedition she has given her heart and soul to for the past year.

Goodbye? We’d rather say hasta luego…

So keen are we to keep Sara with us that we are trying to entice her back before she’s even left. Watch this space to see if the Iberian lynx can keep her satisfied or if she yearns once more for trees full of her favourite spider monkeys and our 24-hour biological station…

...well, that time has finally come! Sara returned to Costa Rica at the beginning of September to begin work and training during the long interphase. Together with those listed above, Sara is an experienced Emergency First Responder (EFR) instructor, co-author on our upcoming presentation at the Defenders of Wildlife Carnivores Conference and is experienced in a wide range of scientific survey techniques. Now we are very pleased to have the opportunity to recognise all her hard work and promote Sara into her new role as the Queen of the Rainforest - or officially: GVI Costa Rica Field Coordinator.

Welcome back Sara! Pura vida!


mancalcada said...

Woowww.......and hello to you all
Being Sara´s father, of course I am suspicious to express the following but, even so, I don´t care so it goes: Lots of congrats, "foca" ;)). It´s full hearth´s warm filling (for me) to recognize how much appreciation people have for you, back there. You certainly made a difference back there. So,dear daughter, keep doing your good work.I am sure that "proficiency" and "enthusiasm" are also your last names. We all keep fingers crossed for you,dear, while missing you around here VEEEERY MUCH !!!!.....Love you, Sara.Proud of you !!!

Manuel Calçada

Humana in extremis said...

Hail my queen! :)) Sorry to inform all of you there in GVI Costa Rica but we want Sara back so don´t get used all that "having Sara as our queen" :p
Proud of you Btx! Giganormous "saudades". Love you Poca!