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red rocks Community College Amazonian Discovery
Spring Semester course: BIO 228 - Field Biology (4 credits)
May 14-24, 2012

 Inhabited by the largest number of bird
 species in the world, the third largest         prOgrAM HigHligHts
 number of mammals, and numerous other
 animals, plants, and insects, the Peruvian      •	 Cruise along the Amazon river to ACrCtt, a bioreserve
 Amazon is considered to be one of the              hosting the region’s most diverse flora and fauna.
 most biologically diverse places in the
 world. This 11-day program delves deep          •	 Contribute to scientific research projects on birds,
 into Peru’s lush, thriving landscape by foot,
 boat, and zipline for unique observations          reptiles, amphibians, and mammals at the Amazon
 of rare, endemic, and endangered species
 in their natural habitats. The program
                                                    research Center.
 includes opportunities to assist researchers
 in collecting important population
                                                 •	 Journey by foot and dugout canoe through floodplain
 data on birds, reptiles, amphibians, and           ecosystems for close-up observations of tropical species.
 mammals inhabiting the grid-trail system
 at the Amazon Research Center. Expert           •	 Learn about poison dart frog conservation and breeding
 lectures and group discussions focusing            study project at Frog Valley.
 on Amazonian biodiversity are included to
 enhance field activities.                       •	 Observe amazing panoramic views of orchids and giant
                                                    bromeliads from treetop platforms.
eDuCAtIOnAL connections
•	   Biology                                     •	 take nighttime excursions into the forest to see nocturnal
                                                    mammals, amphibians, insects and reptiles.
•	   environmental Science
•	   research and Investigation                  •	 A post-program extension to Machu picchu is available
•	   Citizen Science                                at additional cost.

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itinerary                                                           research program of the ARC. Overnight at Amazon Research
                                                                    Center Lodge. (BLD)
may 14 - Departure
Flight to Lima, Peru.                                               may 19 - amazon
                                                                    The main research facility of the ARC consists of a series
may 15 - amazon                                                     of transect trails laid out as a grid to facilitate sampling
Upon arrival in Lima you will connect with a flight to Iquitos      population density in the forest. Ecosystems represented
followed by a journey via speedboat to Tahuayo Lodge. First         on the grid include high restinga (forest that is flooded
you will travel along the Amazon River, where you can see           once every few years), low restinga (forest that is flooded
many marsh birds and small native villages dotting the river        for a month every other year), and aguajal (swamp). In the
banks. You will continue up a smaller tributary, the Tahuayo        morning and afternoon you will hike the trails with trained
River, which leads to the Area de Conservacion Regional             researchers, collecting data on birds, reptiles, amphibians, and
Comunal Tamshiyacu Tahuayo (ACRCTT). Exceeding 1.1                  mammals including the red-faced Bald Uakari monkey which
million acres, the ACRCTT is the most diverse bioreserve in         exists only in the ACRCTT. The evening group discussions
northeastern Peru. Studies have found more trees, primates,         will focus on aspects of Amazonian biodiversity. Overnights
and non-volant mammals here than in any other site studied          at Amazon Research Center Lodge. (BLD)
in the Amazon. An evening boat excursion will give you the
opportunity to see nocturnal fauna such as pauraques, potoos,       may 20 - amazon
nightjars, Boat-billed Herons, owls, bats, and night monkeys.       Spend a second day hiking trails with rained observes. Seek
Overnight at Tahuayo Lodge. (BLD)                                   out and collect data on insects along the way. Overnight at
                                                                    Amazon Research Center Lodge. (BLD)
may 16 - amazon
Today will be spent exploring the varzea ecosystem. This            may 21 - amazon
forest is flooded 1-3 months a year and characterized by a          Spend a third day hiking the trails with trained observers..
unique assemblage of flora and fauna. Look for pygmy                You will have the opportunity to collect data on birds, reptiles,
marmosets, owl monkeys, Mealy Parrots, and a manakin                amphibians, and mammals including the red-face Bald Ukari
breeding lek. Treetop platforms provide panoramic views and         monkey, which exists only in the ACRCTT. Evening group
opportunities for close-up observation of orchids and giant         dicussion. Overnight at Amazon Research Center Lodge. (BLD)
bromeliads. Capture a bird’s-eye view of the forest as you
fly between platforms on a zipline canopy ride. The evening         may 22 - amazon
discussion will be on the history of the ACRCTT reserve             Continue collecting data along the transect system.This
and an overview of the conservation program. Overnight at           evening participate in group discussion. Overnight at Amazon
Tahuayo Lodge. (BLD)                                                Research Center Lodge. (BLD)

may 17 - amazon                                                     may 23 - farewell!
This morning you will embark on an exploration of the               This morning you will participate in a hike along the trail
tahuampa ecosystem by native dugout canoe. The Tahuampa             grid. After lunch, you will depart by boat to Iquitos for your
ecosystem is characterized by floodplain forests that remain        connection to Lima before your international flight home on
flooded year-round and is dominated by species of ficus and         the 24th. (BLD)
palm trees. They have a unique assemblage of fauna, which
includes Hoatzin, Horned Screamers, Caiman, and Anaconda.           prOgrAM Pricing
In the afternoon you will visit a Ribereño village. The
evening lecture and discussion on Ribereño culture will be          $3632 (14 participants)
followed by a visit from the local shaman and a spirit-naming
ceremony. Overnight at Tahuayo Lodge. (BLD)                         Cost includes all airfare, accommodations, transportation,
                                                                    activities, meals as stated above, and comprehensive travel
may 18 - amazon
                                                                    insurance including emergency medical protection. Please
Today will be a full day exploration of the terra firme
                                                                    contact Kelly Worden or Steve Kaye to register for the course.
ecosystem off the Quebrada Blanco tributary of the Tahuayo
River. Terra firme is high forest of rolling hills that does not
flood and consequently has the Amazon’s richest diversity          the Fine Print
of flora and fauna. En route you will visit the Mauritia
Palm Agronomy Conservation Project and learn about their           Rates are based on triple and quadruple occupancy for
efforts. You will then travel to Frog Valley to learn about        participants. Program may incur unforeseen fuel surcharges. A
                                                                   $200 per person deposit and an enrollment form is due upon
the poison dart frog conservation and breeding study project.      booking and no later than January 15, 2012. This deposit is
Travel upriver by motorized boats to the Amazon Research           refundable until 95 days prior to departure excluding a $100
Center Lodge (ARC). En route, stop to view the wildlife of         cancellation fee. Final payments are due no later than February 9,
riverine ecology: bats, monkeys, sloths, toucans, anhingas,        2012. Cancellations received less than 95 days prior to departure
and raptorial birds. This evening your lecture will be on the      are not refundable.


For more inFormation:
Please contact Kelly Worden at 303-914-6447 or kelly.worden@rrcc.edu/Steve Kaye at 303-914-6200 or steve.kaye@rrcc.edu

				
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