First rainy day!

Today Gamboa had its first serious rain in months! It’s been an unusually long, hot dry season this year, apparently one of the most intense in the past century. In some ways, the dry season is terrific: it’s not that humid, and the roads are much more passable when they’re dry, making conditions safer for most humans. However, it gets REALLY hot without rain, and the plants and animals seem a little wilted.

It was wonderful to feel the fall of a real, prolonged rain today! The skies opened up, the temperature dropped, and the air was flooded with the smell of petrichor. The ground is greedily soaking up each drop of water, and I expect that the local fauna will be especially envigorated. Whenever we get even a mild drizzle during a dry spell, you can notice some increase in animal activity – extra squawking from the birds, a livelier spring in the agoutis’ step.

The storms are bound to get longer and more dramatic, and someday soon I’ll probably get sick of the resulting humidity, but for now, Gamboa is very grateful for the rain. – Kitty

Live Streaming 360 degree Jungle Audio

During his residency, Marc Juul, set up the first steps to live, Virtual Reality, 360-audio in the forest. The goal is to install these in fascinating natural places around the world to help, and people can subscribe to a network of high quality live audio for things like waking up to natural alarm clocks, creating luxurious ambient atmospheres anywhere, or helping detect human presence (ie poachers). The funds generated can then go to help the natural places hosting the audio streams!

Listen to a live stream from Forests in Gamboa!
(Works in Firefox and Chrome, for Safari you may need this link or in VLC you can open this link )

Marc Juul

Marc Juul is a super nice and super brilliant hacker coming from the meta-hackerspace Omnicommons in Oakland, California to help set up fun projects at the new DINALAB!