The Rainforest Project is one of the hallmark programs at Forman School. Each year, before exploring and collecting research in the rainforest of Costa Rica as part of the Winterim Program, the group creates a short video written completely by the students.
This video helps to raise awareness about the issues plaguing the rainforest and focuses on the importance of the world benefits from this ecosystem. “From watching it, you can really see the personality of the team. They wanted to show who they are and also how they are contributing to the world,” Director of the Rainforest Project Wendy Welshans says. “They will be putting this up on their student-run Wordpress blog and then we are going to be able to post scientific information that we collect everyday to our Twitter feed off of our satellite booster.”
The research the group will collect includes a bioacoustics project utilizing bionic ears to collect sounds for the McCauley Library at Cornell University, an e-bird data checklist for Cornell, studies in spider silk and chytrid fungus, and a new mammal project.
More than anything, Ms. Welshans hopes that while her group learns, they can educate others. “It’s about educating the larger community. If there’s a young student somewhere doing research on the rainforest, we really want the Forman Rainforest Project to pop up so we can educate him or her and ignite a passion for the rainforest,” she says.
View the 2016 Rainforest Project video below: