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The boom-and-bust rainforest

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 29, 2017 12:57:33 AM / by Varun Swamy posted in rainforest fruits, keystone species, frugivores, seasonality, phenology, Aerobotany, Megaflora

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With gusting winds and a sharp plunge in temperature, the first friaje of 2017 arrived earlier this week in Puerto Maldonado, signaling the official transition from wet to dry weather in Tambopata and across the Madre de Dios basin. Rainforest denizens definitely took note, for the wet-to-dry season transition also signals a pronounced shift in their day-to-day lives – a switch from "boom" to "bust" times.

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