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Project Guyana: Conservation through Ecotourism
Monday, May 15 2006 @ 07:46 PM UTC
Contributed by: Paul Brennan
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It is just before dawn in the Kanuku Mountains of Guyana, and the sun has not yet burned away the mist that gets caught with the night beneath the rainforest canopy. As several of the Macushi villagers stand by the creek hauling in fishing nets, a frightening shriek cuts through the undergrowth from just outside the camp, wrenching me from my sleep. Two of our guides, including Dexter, instinctively grab their bows and flashlights and race off towards the screams origin.

I stumble down the steps of my thatched-roof cabin as a faint lavender hue climbs its way across the morning sky. A flock of orange-wing amazon parrots streak over head in a flash of orange and green, announcing the new day in their typical chatter; a pair of macaws pass through, concealed in the thick foliage, their unmistakable raucous calls the only evidence of their presence. Soon the red-howler monkeys will be joining the morning chorus.

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Eco-tour to Rancho Los Ebanos;
Saturday, February 04 2006 @ 03:01 AM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Travel We're planning another trip to Rancho Los Ebanos, Tamaulipas, Mexico, where bird watching is awesome! Los Ebanos is a private ranch, five thousand acres on the Gulf of Mexico, just north of Tampico. There are three sympatric Amazon species, Amazona oratrix (Yellow-headed), Amazona autumnalis (Red-lored) and Amazona viridigenalis (Red-headed or Green-cheeked). Red-heads are endemic to a very small area and are highly endangered though fortunately, they are still doing well at this site. We will make two or three daily field tours to see amazons and other amazing flora and fauna of the Gulf Coast lowland forest including kingfishers, herons, cormorants, spoonbills and osprey on the lake and channel and many shorebirds on the coast. High on the list of many birders's 'desired to see' list are the Elegant trogon, Blue-crowned motmot, the Ferruginous pygmy owl, and Squirrel cuckoo, and we have gotten good views of several of them on most visits...

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Field Trip: Tropical Ecology and Conservation in the Rainforest of the Peruvian Amazon
Thursday, September 08 2005 @ 07:08 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Lesley University is offering the following trip, January 2-10, 2006 (open to all, college credit available):

CNSCI 2120 Field Experiences in Tropical Ecology: Tropical Ecology and Conservation in the Rainforest of the Peruvian Amazon

This exploration of tropical ecology will have us traveling deep into the Amazon rainforest of southeastern Peru. Professional scientists and local naturalist guides will lead us into uninhabited, species rich rainforest where bird watching and wildlife viewing possibilities are exceptional. Exploration and study excursions will include guided hikes, boat rides, biodiversity assessments and interactions with local people. And, in the Andean highlands, visit Cuzco and Machu Picchu to study and explore in the realm of the Incas!

Dr. David Morimoto: morimoto@lesley.edu Office: 617-349-8226

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Parrot-watch Eco-tour to Rancho Los Ebanos, Mexico: October 2004
Wednesday, September 29 2004 @ 06:41 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Travel We're planning another trip to Rancho Los Ebanos, Tamaulipas, Mexico, where birding is awesome! Los Ebanos, a five thousand acre ranch on the Gulf of Mexico, is home to three sympatric Amazon species, Amazona oratrix (Yellow-headed), Amazona autumnalis (Red-lored) and Amazona viridiginalis (Red-headed or Green-cheeked).

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Seeing Scarlet - The search for Costa Rica's last macaws
Monday, April 05 2004 @ 12:50 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Travel They'd never seen a scarlet macaw except in a cage. So this best-selling author and her ornithologist husband decided to seek the magnificent bird in one of its last strongholds: Corcovado National Park.

By Barbara Kingsolver and Steven Hopp

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Urban Jungle: Lost in the Land of Parrots
Thursday, February 05 2004 @ 06:46 PM UTC
Contributed by: MikeSchindlinger
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Travels into the heart of a wild parrot metropolis left me with a feeling akin to what a parrot must feel when taken out of its world and into our own. Charlie the parrot was taken from a vast psittacine metropolis, to live in a NYC apartment; but he led me, a city kid, out of my urban jungle and into the verdant cities of his own.


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