Becki Cohn-Vargas, Co-Owner, Makengue Reserve

22 March 2016

In March 2014, students at American University once again visited The Makengue Reserve in Nicaragua.

This  the second year in the partnership between owners Becki and Rito and American University, located in Washington DC. Students spent the week at the reserve on a variety of projects ranging from a Bio Blitz to creating Public Service Announcements with the local youth. The 12 students and three leaders broke into three groups to do further work in the areas of  Science, Communications, and Marketing.

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Photograph by Lorem Ipsum via Unsplash


Bio BlitzStudents worked with the biology professor to complete a Bio Blitz, developing an area in which they sought to find out the names of all plant and animal species in that 10 meter by 10 meter area. They also began taking photographs and compiling lists of all species on the property.

TapirtrailcameraTrail Camera: The students set up two trail cameras in different locations to capture wildlife when humans were not present. The camera got a wonderful shot of a tapir.


Documentary: A short documentary was created
PSAs: A short public service announcement and series of short videos were produced. (see below)
Pro Joven: A field day was organized with youth from Projoven

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Photograph by Lorem Ipsum via Unsplash

Business Plan: A business plan was developed to look ahead at opportunities for expanding research opportunities.

Social Media Plan: A social media plan was developed to promote the Makengue project and the property on Facebook and Twitter.

Website: This website was created.

You can view the Prezi with an overview of the student research that was developed by the Communications group created below or here.

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