Natural and Unnatural History IX

I’m traveling in the Galapagos currently.  Hopefully I’m having fun and seeing great birds and other species!  In the meantime here’s a little of what I will hopefully be seeing!

The Galapagos’s Natural and Unnatural History: Tiputini Research Station (Amazon)*
*Not a part of the Galapagos, but a special feature

Collectively, we were so overwhelmed and excited by the prospects within the Galapagos we didn’t realize we’d also be traveling to the Amazon.

Like the CDRS, the Tiputini Research Station has a similar goal of promoting conservation through science, education, and ecotourism.  Located in the heart of pristine Amazonion forest in Ecuador, the region is one of the  world’s most biologically hot spots for insects, birds, plants, you name it.   From their website,

We welcome all interested, serious visitors to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station. While we are not involved in typical tourism, we are pleased to have opportunities to receive two primary groups of visitors – scientists and students. Recognizing that today fewer people than ever before have access to wilderness areas and therefore, less overall appreciation of nature, we wish to expose as many individuals as possible to the wonders of Yasuní so that more may understand why it should be protected and maintained.
Tiputini, Universidad San Fransisco de Quito

The Huaorani are the indigenous people whose land the station resides on.  One of the travel reads I’ll be bringing with me is Savages, a work detailing the lives and history of this people.

I’ve done extensive preparation for what we might encounter in each region we’re traveling to and Tiputini is no different.  I’ve generated lists, from ebird data for what can be seen in each location during the month of January and I didn’t leave Tiputini off the list. To tell the truth, my heart did quiver a bit when I saw how long the list was compared to those for the Galapagos.  254 species some species with which I am already familiar: Black-and-white Warbler, Great Kiskadee, Black Vulture, etc., others whose families are at least familar: Motmots, Macaws, Oropendolas, Woodpecker, Hawk, Wren and Woodcreeper; then those who are entirely new: Antpittas, Antwrens, and Antbirds (yes, there are more Ant variations),  Tapaculo, Foliage-gleaners, Becards, and Manakins. Oh my!  And yes, they have owls.

Video: Visiting Tiputini Biological Research Station

Sources:

  • BU: Tiputini Research Station
  • Tiputini, Universidad San Fransisco de Quito
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