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peru nS expeDItIO AMAzOnIA phOtO By 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. www.holbrooktravel.com | 800-451-7111 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 firstname.lastname@example.org/Steve Kaye at 303-914-6200 or email@example.com
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