churinceAmaterra has provided an initial micro-grant of $300 for the year 2008.

CICC Mission Statement: The CICC provides scientists, educators, students, naturalists and volunteers from around the world and especially the local community the opportunity to participate in research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biologically rich and unique desert aquatic ecosystems in the world. The Station seeks to promote knowledge and understanding of the special local fauna and flora, the environments in which they flourish, and the impacts humans have on them. By sharing data with the local community and management authorities, as well as among researchers, and facilitating exchanges between researchers and the local community we strive to provide the scientific basis necessary to assure eternal preservation of the unique biota of CuatrociƩnegas for future generations.

CICC Facilities: The Station welcomes scientists and students interested in carrying out research in the CuatrociƩnegas Natural Protected Area and surrounding region. Classes from colleges and universities are also welcome to use the Station, as are amateur naturalists, when space is available (first preference for space is given to researchers). Center residents live in basic, comfortable hotel-like rooms provided with comfortable matresses, linens, blankets and pillows and a private bath with hot showers, towels, etc. Rooms do not have televisions or telephones (see below). Meals can be prepared and food stored in a fully equipped (refrigerator/freezer, stove, oven, pots/pans, plates, silverware) and pleasant common kitchen and dining room area. Very basic lab space is available, and some basic field equipment may be borrowed from the Center.


(Turtle photo on front page by Dean Hendrikson)