Hi Reese-

Mind if I add your information to my site (you can e-mail me off-list)? I'm
always happy to have additions, corrections, and comments from the
community - but I do like the idea of a Wiki page. I could migrate my data
there and would volunteer to manage it.


Christopher C. Grinter

*Collections Manager of Insects, Illinois Natural History SurveyAssistant
Secretary & Asst. Treasurer, The Lepidopterists' Society*
1816 S Oak Street,
Champaign, IL 61820-0904
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On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 9:25 PM, Reese Worthington <[log in to unmask]>

> Doug and fellow ECN listers,
> I was in Guyana for six weeks in 2012 conducting dung beetle surveys. I'm
> sure things have changed since that time, but I'll try to be as informative
> as possible. I worked with a group of four other researchers who trained
> undergraduates about field work and field techniques while also attempting
> to conduct research. I was last to join the group, so a permit was already
> started when I got on board and was added to it. I have attached a
> "Guidelines for Biodiversity Research" document outlining appropriate
> permitting procedures. The acquisition of the permit was not overly
> difficult, we arrived in Georgetown two days in advance of our collecting
> and had ample time to get signatures. You will need to stop in person to
> get signatures during weekdays at 1) the EPA, which issues the permits, and
> 2) this is depending upon your collecting locations, the Office of
> Amerindian Affairs. The latter took multiple visits before we were granted
> signatures and it is useful to be aware of what districts you plan/hope to
> collect. I have attached the Amerindian Affairs Village signature sheet,
> this may have changed, but should give you an idea of what to expect.
> Everyone physically collecting must fill this out, it isn't a blanket
> document for the group. The EPA permit has fees and I have also attached
> the sheet that we received. Again prices may have increased since that
> time.
> If I may, I'd like to recommend a few people to contact or be familiar
> with before you get your trip underway. Raquel Thomas is the Director of
> Resource Management and Training at the Iwokrama International Centre for
> Rainforest Conservation and Development. She is an excellent contact if you
> are using the Iwokrama River Lodge, a great location with multiple
> satellite camps that afford excellent collecting. Another individual that
> you will likely encounter is Hemchandranauth Sambhu, he goes by Sambhu,
> will check your specimens and provide signatures for export. He's a faculty
> member at the University of Guyana, which is where you will take your
> specimens for inspection, again during weekdays, no such luck on weekends.
> A little advice, it pays to have an Excel sheet (electronic and printed) of
> all of your collected materials for them that they can inspect and will
> check against. Another bit of advice, they despised (in 2012, now hopefully
> things have changed) bulk samples, I got unbelievable amounts of grief from
> them because we ran litter samples and unsorted pitfall samples. I think
> that they were under the impression that it was a way to not declare
> specimens and sneak them out of country. But you and I both know there is
> just no way to sort through that material while in the field, let alone
> catalog everything. On the note of cataloging, they will settle for
> identification to family, but I just did the best I could when submitting
> data for them to check against. Hopefully they have come to realize the
> value and necessity of bulk samples since my visit in 2012. I think that
> you'll find Sambhu extremely helpful and friendly.
> Lastly time for a quick horror story from the trip. The day after our
> arrival in Guyana the local electric companies hiked utility prices through
> the roof, which culminated in civil unrest, multiple shootings of
> civilians, burning of local bridges, etc., etc. Well we were in the field
> and out of communication when this was going on, so when it was time for
> our departure we were told that we would not be returning by bus-as we had
> arrived, but would rather be returning to Georgetown by plane. The day we
> were set to depart they mowed an airstrip, out of a seemingly open field.
> The planes were tiny with an eight passenger limit and a max weight limit,
> so needless to say some gear and samples were left behind. One of those
> being a 60 lb. bag of dung beetles sealed in whirl paks, which I had been
> collecting during the trip. The bags we were forced to leave behind didn't
> make it to us before we returned to the U.S. Long story short, I did get
> that bag of samples 9 months later, when a researcher returned to Guyana.
> The bag had sat in an un-airconditioned room for that entire time and were
> salvageable, but people in my department still remind me of the awful
> stench from when I brought samples back from Guyana...
> Apologies for the length of this email. Lastly if you need to get
> batteries for backlighting, etc. and can't bring them with you there are
> numerous places to get them there. Also ethanol is available from the local
> rum distillery in Georgetown, you may need to provide jugs for travel
> though, we used fuel tanks. I was able to extract DNA from material
> collected into ethanol from the distillery, so it should be acceptable for
> anything you may need. Please let me know if you have any more questions or
> would like recommendations for collecting locations.
> Cheers,
> Reese Worthington
> Ph.D. Candidate
> University of Mississippi
> On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM, Doug Yanega <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Hi, folks. I could have sworn there was a website where people were
>> compiling information on collecting permit regulations for various
>> countries, but nothing obvious turns up in Google other than Chris
>> Grinter's "Skeptical Moth" website, which is missing many countries. We
>> were specifically looking for information on Guyana. Does anyone know (a) a
>> better website compilation of international permitting regs, or (b)
>> specifically what the situation is for Guyana?
>> Thanks in advance,
>> --
>> Doug Yanega      Dept. of Entomology       Entomology Research Museum
>> Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314     skype: dyanega
>> phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
>>   "There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness
>>         is the true method" - Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chap. 82