Wednesday, February 14, 2018
















These bizarre, harmless arachnids look like something from the movie “Alien”. They are nocturnal and use their basket-like claws to grab insects. We always can count on finding several of these on every Herping Trip. We look around and on the buttresses of trees. They are quite fast, but if you’re lucky to grab one, totally harmless to hold. Be careful though, they’re actually kind of fragile.
Amazon Tailless Whip Scorpion,
(Heterophrynus batesi)

https://www.greentracks.com/Amazon_Herping_Expedition-4.html

 

Sunday, January 28, 2018




















For those on the first Herping Tour, September 29 - October 6, here is a great opportunity to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. One of the people on the herp trip has decided to hike the Inca Trail before heading home and three of her friends are flying down to join her. She invites other Herping Tour participants to also join the hike. This is a Private hike for just our people. The more people who sign up, the lower the cost per person. Inca Trail permits go quickly, so we need to hear back from people within a week.

    The Inca trail was an important communication and transportation link within the Inca empire, connecting Cusco to Machu Picchu. To follow the Inca's footsteps on the royal highway to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience. Few other hikes in the world can offer the variety of breathtaking scenery: from high sierra to tropical jungle. No other will take you through so many well preserved archeological sites.

    Machu Picchu harbors within its boundaries a diverse flora and fauna that includes:
    Mammals such as bobcat, puma and the endangered spectacled bear.
    Interesting reptiles and amphibians in the Cloud forest.
    More than 700 species of butterflies.
    Around 415 species of birds including colorful hummingbirds, ducks, eagles, parrots, quetzals, toucans, manakins, tanagers, Cock-of-the-Rock, etc.
    More than 190 species of orchids.
 
    Look at the itinerary here:
https://www.greentracks.com/PDF/Mitchell%20%20x%204%20IT%20-%20Others%20-%20Web.pdf

then contact George, who has hiked the Inca Trail a number of times, at info@GreenTracks.com


 

Sunday, January 21, 2018


















The first week of our 4th Annual Amazon Herping Tour is now full and we know there are some folks still interested... so we have opened up a second week - October 6 - 13, 2018.  Also  hosted by our intrepid trio of Tom Crutchfield, Dante Fenolio and Bill Lamar it will be yet more herps and fun.  This second trip is likely to fill up quickly, too, so take a look at the web page for details and sign up soon.

https://www.greentracks.com/Amazon_Herping_Expedition-4.html

 

Sunday, January 14, 2018





















Our 4th Annual Amazon Herping Tour, September 29 - October 6, 2018, has had an incredible response and we are already 3/4 filled. To get in on a great experience and a lot of fun sign up now while there is still time.  Once again this trip will be hosted by Tom Crutchfield, Dante Fenolio and Bill Lamar.

Read about this here:
https://www.greentracks.com/Amazon_Herping_Expedition-4.html

Then contact us by email at:
info@GreenTracks.com

 

Saturday, January 6, 2018


 

Friday, January 5, 2018

















2018 has arrived and that brings us closer to our 4th Annual Amazon Herping Tour - September 29 to October 6, 2018 - hosted once again by Tom Crutchfield, Dante Fenolio and Bill Lamar.  Lots of herps and lots of fun. Meet old friends, make new friends and have a herping experience you won’t soon forget.  No experience necessary, just your interest.

Now is the time to secure your spot on the trip.  Contact George@GreenTracks.com

Read more at: https://www.greentracks.com/Amazon_Herping_Expedition-4.html

 

Friday, December 29, 2017















Ever dream of really getting away from it all? Heading off to a wild fantasy land where you can relax and forget all your concerns?  We not only dream about it, we do it. We go to the Amazon, a magical place if ever there was one, and we kick back, enjoy nature, great food, lots of laughs and good times. Maybe this year it’s your turn?  Come join us...the door is open.  And from all of us to all of you: Happy New Year!

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Monday, December 18, 2017




















The Thorny Devil Katydid (Panacanthus cuspidatus) also known as the Spiny  Devil Katydid, is one of the scariest looking 3 inch animals on the planet. One of 6500 species of kaydids this particular one has a red, five-pointed horn sticking up out of its head as well as spikes on its legs.  Like a grasshopper, or cricket, it rubs its hind legs together to call females.  The Thorny Devil is known to back down predators, including monkeys.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The term "cloud forest," widely used today, actually refers to several distinct types of forest, all in mountainous terrain, tropical, subtropical or temperate, and existing in places where atmospheric conditions produce a nearly perpetual fog cover. In the tropics of Peru these forests are found along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains, at elevations of 400 - 4,000 meters above sea-level. Characteristics of cloud forests include an abundance of mosses, ferns and epiphytes such as bromeliads and orchids; elfin woodlands with stunted trees; and many specialized creatures that rely on super-humid conditions. Changing climatic patterns are impacting these fragile ecosystems and in many areas they are disappearing. Could forests are interesting to most of us because they are so different from our usual experience of forest. Exotic and ripe with flora and fauna, you’ll find numerous opportunities for photos. GreenTracks wildlife tours that get you into the Manu Cloud Forest in Peru include:

 Cock of the Rock Lodge (3 Days) - https://www.greentracks.com/Cock-of-the-Rock-Lodge.htm 

 Manu Bio-trip - From the Andes to the Amazon (6 Days) - https://www.greentracks.com/Manu-Bio-Trip.htm 

 Manu National Park Explorer (6 Days) - https://www.greentracks.com/Manu-National-Park-Explorer.htm 

Manu National Park - Tapir and Macaw Clay Licks (6 Days) - https://www.greentracks.com/Manu-National-Park-Tapir-and-Macaw-Clay-Licks.htm 

Also on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you traverse cloud forest.
https://www.greentracks.com/Inca-trail.html

The ruins of Chachapoyas in Northern Peru are also situated in cloud forest- https://www.greentracks.com/Kuelap-Discoverer-5-Days-4-Nights.htm

Cock-of-the Rock

Cloud Forest



Cloud Forest along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Saturday, December 9, 2017




















The Blood Mushroom (Helosis guyannensis) is known in Amazonian Peru as "Aguajillo" and despite its appearance it is not a mushroom at all. Rather, it is a root parasite that grows in shady spots on the rainforest floor.  It produces no chlorophyll but instead uses a tap root that connects it underground to the host tree.  Indigenous people use this interesting plant medicinally, as an astringent.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017




















Unfortunately our knowledge about the occurrence of most animals is limited to whether or not we see them as opposed to their true numbers.  This is almost always misleading but especially so when it comes to species that live in inaccessible habitats.  The Amazon Thornytail (Uracentron flaviceps) is a lizards seldom observed by humans and this is because it lives high in the rainforest canopy.  Family groups of as many as seven take refuge in tree holes from which they emerge to hunt for ants and small insects.  During breeding season adult males take on a salmon hue on the head and shoulders.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017










Cashews - What you probably didn't know

Read more...

http://www.greentracks.com/Facebook-Content/Cashews.htm

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How to stop the sixth mass extinction

Worth reading...

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/world/sutter-vanishing-help/index.html

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017















Bell Wasps make distinctive paper nests that look like huge cylindrical white cakes.

Read more...
http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/The-Wasp-Nest.html

 

Thursday, June 29, 2017













Hi George:
Just a quick note to thank you so much for making our trip to the Amazon such a success! It was just fabulous and all suggestions and arrangements went like clockwork. We both loved the Wyndham, the Casa Morey, the tour with Joel, and most of all the time aboard the Amazon Star and with its wonderful crew. Everyone was so caring and personable, the program was very well thought out and now we have all the unforgettable memories of our week. The Hoatzins! The Roseate Spoonbills! The hundreds of Egrets flying up the river! Hope we can work with you again someday.

Save 30% on selected dates in 2017
                               
Read more...
http://www.greentracks.com/Amazon-Star-Cruise.html

 

Monday, June 26, 2017



The rivers in the Iquitos area of Peru are home to a vast number of colorful ornamental fish.  The exportation of these fish has become a successful  sustainable industry and provide some income for people living along these rivers.

Read more...
 http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Amazon-Fish.html

 

Friday, June 23, 2017













China’s Blind Cave Fish

A group of international scientists are studying the little known cave fish of China as part of an effort to conserve the endangered cave ecosystem.  Of particular interest is the Humpback Golden Line Barbel, a fish rarely found and of which little is known.
Danté Fenolio,one of the leaders of our annual herp trips, is part of this team.

Read more...
http://www.newsweek.com/extremely-rare-and-weird-blind-fish-found-subterranean-cave-china-628256

Thursday, June 22, 2017













GreenTracks, Inc. has joined in the effort to protect fragile populations of amphibians in Chile’s forests.

Read More... http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Chile-Frog-conservation.html

 

Monday, June 19, 2017












It’s always nice to get feedback from our clients. Here is one we received from Paula Hooser who recently did the Moche Route in Northern Peru. This Peruvian Archaeology program includes the Sipan Tomb - one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the last 30 years, the Tucume pyramids, the Sun and Moon Temples and the capital of the Chimu empire, Chan Chan.
  
“Good afternoon, George.                          

Last month I had the opportunity to participate in the Moche Route tour. I apologize for not getting this note off sooner, but I did want to let you know what an AMAZING time we had!  The trip was really fascinating and our tour guide, Mercedes, was absolutely wonderful!  She really made the history come alive for us and we could tell she was very passionate about the history of Peru.  While we went on to see the more famous parts of Peru, for me, these three days were the highlight of our trip.  I would go back in a heartbeat, and I’d want Mercedes as my guide again!  I’d recommend her to anyone I knew that was visiting that area of Peru. The hotels were nice; the van and driver were great.

 Many thanks to you and your team for such a wonderful experience.”

Read more about Moche Route  program...
http://www.greentracks.com/Northern_Peru_Tour_Programs.htm#MocheRoute

 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017










Possible Second 2017 Amazon Herping Trip if interest is there.
September 23 - October 1, 2017.
We have a short window of opportunity to try to make this work.

Details here....   https://www.greentracks.com/Amazon-Herping-2017-Second-Trip-Intro.html

 

Monday, May 29, 2017




















About a third of Peru’s population is indigenous, and the great majority of tribes are found in the Amazon region. These groups have, to one degree or another, assimilated into a riverine culture but tribal distinctions exist, sometimes markedly so.

Read More... http://www.greentracks.com/Facebook-Content/Amazonian-Indian-Tribes.htm

 

Friday, May 26, 2017














Who wouldn't want to see a Jaguar in the wild?  In Brazil's Pantanal tropical wetland at the Jaguar Research Center Jaguar sightings are guaranteed.  Paul Donahue, naturalist, wildlife artist, photographer, environmental activist and builder of canopy walkways shares a story and photos of coming across a Jaguar sneaking up on a Caiman.
 

Read More...  http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Jaguar-and-caiman.html

 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017



Before indiscriminate harvesting of eggs took its toll, the vast white sand beaches along the Amazon used to blacken when countless thousands of River Turtles (genus Podocnemis) crawled out to dig their nests. Those days a long past! But thanks to a head start program the turtles are making a comeback.

Read More...   http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Amazon-River-Turtles.html

 

Friday, May 19, 2017



The Amazon region is home to a wide array of wading birds.  Some are transitory migrants while others are permanent residents.  One of our favorites, the Capped Heron (Pilherodius pileatus), falls into the latter category. Endemic to the neotropical region, this lovely bird is found from central Panama south across most of tropical South America.  Capped Herons tend to be loners and they tend to be shy, so seeing one is always special.

Read More ...  http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Birds-in-Amazonian-Peru.html

 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Sometimes, if the boat we are using is small enough and the water level sufficiently high, we like to wander upstream on tiny tributaries of the Amazon. There is something exhilarating about easing up a blackwater stream with treetops so close you are practically sitting among them.

Read More...   http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/sloth-attack.html