Jeffrey Horton

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Much of the first two years was spent looking for wild bees in an attempt to establish beekeeping with 5 teenage and energetic apprentices. We first learned together how not to keep bees and then after we made every possible mistake in the book we learned how to keep bees in adobe hives. Once the beekeeping took hold we worked to learn about the relationships between where the non-native honey bees were collecting their resources for the hive. When daily logs revealed some of the native trees served the hive well we established a backyard scale nursery program. The young trees were planted in areas to help hold soil while at the same time they provided hope to future economic return. It helped that we got lucky with some good early harvests.

In La Paz my work revolved around the National Museum of Natural History. Here I worked with a Japanese volunteer to establish the first living collection. We marketed and fund raised to build an environmental education room complete with puppet shows and live exhibits. We even worked our way onto a national TV program to promote the museum. We had live bees but I was most touched with the way kids reacted to the composting worms. One of our main goals was to create an enjoyable and educational experience to help educate young students about basic principles of ecology and the importance of natural areas conservation. On a few occasions I was fortunate to travel the country with researchers and served as a collection guide for several fish collections ranging from the high lakes in La Paz to the Rio Grande de Tarija in the Yungas forest near Tarija.

You can now find me here: http://www.nceep.net/abouteep/contacts2.htm