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The Harpy Eagle is a scary beast.

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Kurt Holle posted in Harpy Eagle, Amazon, HarpyCam, Howler Monkey

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The Harpy is a scary beast.

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If it Looks Like an Ant and Smells Like an Ant... Batesian Mimicry in the Amazon Jungle

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2017 7:45:00 AM / by Ash Card posted in Insects, Amazon, amazon wildlife, ants

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Over 150 years ago, in the steamy jungle of the Amazon Rainforest, the explorer and naturalist Henry Walter Bates was watching two different butterflies fly side-by-side. He had discovered that one was poisonous, which would make any predator sick if it was eaten. He also knew that the other lacked any poison defense.

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Crimson Forest: A Vampire Tale

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2017 2:28:50 PM / by Paul Bertner posted in Bizarre animal behavior, Amazon, Tambopata National Reserve, rainforest parasitism, collared peccary, vampire bat

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I hadn’t originally intended to cover vampire bat facts in one of these blog instalments; however, when I saw the fascinating and unique footage (perhaps representing the only footage of parasitization of a wild host - a collared peccary) on one of my camera traps at Tambopata Research Center, in the Tambopata National Reserve, I needed no encouragement to pivot from my originally scheduled content.

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Insane in the Membracidae: Discovering Mutualism between Ants and Treehoppers

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 9, 2017 6:00:00 PM / by Paul Bertner posted in Insects, Bizarre animal behavior, Amazon

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When you think of the Amazon Rainforest – what do you think of? Usually, the rainforest comes to us in images of color, biodiversity and an exoticness which echoes in our imaginations.  We often think of fauna or birds – colorful macaws and mysterious jaguars.

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Rainforest Research: The Bigger Picture

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 28, 2017 8:21:57 PM / by Paul Bertner posted in Amazon, Field Biology, Rainforests, Ecosystems

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I'm an explorer, biologist and wildlife photographer specializing in macrophotography and integrated systems ecology. I travel the world's Equatorial rainforests to document and share the earth´s most diverse ecosystems to highlight the tremendous adaptations and diversity of the microfauna.

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The Succession Rhapsody: from sand to Amazon rainforest

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2017 9:40:35 AM / by Varun Swamy posted in Amazon, rainforest, Tambopata, Cecropia, beaches, succession, diversity, Cedro, dispersal

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I step off a boat and set foot onto a beach, my feet sinking slightly into the soft, fine sand. I pause for a second and contemplate the smooth, featureless terrain in front of me...and then I look further beyond and notice the almost solid green wall of lush vegetation, reminding me that I'm far from the coast and the ocean, in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.

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