Thursday, July 13, 2017










Cashews - What you probably didn't know

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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.

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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.

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 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

 

Monday, May 15, 2017


Each wildlife excursion is slightly different and occasionally we will see something unexpected.  Tapirs are nocturnal animals, but we have seen them during the day at times. Tapirs are the largest land mammal in South America.

Read More... http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Tapir1.html


Friday, May 12, 2017

Harpy Eagle


No matter how remote the spot may be, there are still animals that are extremely difficult to encounter in the wild. They may be rare, secretive, or strictly nocturnal. Or it could be that their habitat is one that makes them hard to observe. One example of this is the Harpy Eagle, easily the world's most powerful bird of prey and so difficult to find that it holds a nearly mythical place in the world of wildlife enthusiasts.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

VENOMOUS SNAKES IN THE AMAZON


Ever since the first outsider set foot in the Amazon, the world has been subjected to countless lurid tales of a Green Hell teeming with slithering snakes, each capable of recognizing a human and all determined to maim and kill. Aside from being demonstrably untrue at all levels, this approach reflects a basic flaw in our way of viewing nature.

 http://www.greentracks.com/facebook-content/Amazon-Snakes.html

Thursday, May 26, 2016

 

GreenTracks announces affordable Amazon cruise


In the 24 years GreenTracks has been offering Amazon wildlife cruises, the trend has unfortunately been one of increasing levels of “luxury” and soaring prices. Whereas years ago we could travel on an inexpensive yet comfortable riverboat to remote areas, see plenty of wildlife and see no other people but remote riverside villagers that found us as interesting as we them, now it’s not that easy to do. Today high-end luxury riverboats seem to cater more to the cruise-set rather than wildlife and nature enthusiast. Gourmet sculptures of food too pretty to eat that you might find in a New York restaurant are now a selling point for these vessels. It seems we are being insulated from the real world, numbed with drinks in our Jacuzzi, rather than experiencing the historic real Amazon.

In light of this trend, we are pleased to inform you of a couple of Amazon cruises being offered on a historic Amazon vessel, owned and operated by a wildlife biologist that harken back to an experience near to the best of those cruises years ago. The food of regional and international dishes is good. The Victorian period style boat is comfortable. You’ll have an air-conditioned cabin to sleep in and showers with hot water. Wildlife viewing excursions by boat and walking.

Only 2 dates are currently offered:
    October 1 – 5, 2016
    October 28 – November 1, 2016

And the price?  We hope this turns out to be a new trend!  Low!
$899 per person in a Triple or Quad cabin. Great for 3 or 4 person family or friends.
$1,160 per person in a Twin-Share Double cabin, perfect for couples.
$1,500 in a Single cabin.

Check this out:   http://www.greentracks.com/Rio-Amazonas-Cruise.html


 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Amazon Herping Tour 2016

Amazon Herping Tour 2016
October 22 - 30, 2016

The 2015 Herping Tours with Tom Crutchfield, Dante Fenolio and Bill Lamar were so much fun that they have decided to do it again. If you missed the first trips, here is another chance to join them in the Amazon for great herping and good times. This is a "Herper Friendly" trip... All about having fun and relaxing. No special skills or knowledge required to join us. Just come and have fun!

 http://www.greentracks.com/Amazon_Herping_Expedition-3.html

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Calling of the Howler Monkeys


The call of the Howler Monkey is one of the most notable, and eery, sounds of the rainforest. The alpha male makes this call to define the territory of his troop. Sometimes competing troops can be heard calling back and forth to each other. Stereo monkeys. The sound can carry for several miles. Howling recorded on a recent GreenTracks Amazon Riverboat Cruise. 




See video HERE

GreenTracks Amazon Cruises

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Animals Seen on Recent Amazon Wildlife Cruise

The June 6 - 12, 2014 GreenTracks Amazon Wildlife Cruise was as always, filled with exotic wildlife, stunning scenery, great traveling companions...

See more photos and read the story here 

Night Monkey






 GreenTracks Amazon Cruises

 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Harpy Eagle Sighting!

While traveling upriver in the Pacaya Samiria Reserve on the Clavero riverboat, we were spotting wildlife from the observation deck when, much to our surprise, a rarely seen Harpy Eagle flew across the river in front of us. We stopped the boat and watched as the Harpy, the most powerful raptor in the world, landed on the top of a tree and sat there for 10 minutes, allowing us all to get photos.





Last Minute Amazon Cruise Deal !
Clavero Amazon Wildlife Cruise, July 6 - 12, 2014
Stretch your Dollars and do something you’ve long waited to do.


http://www.greentracks.com/Discount-Amazon-Cruises.htm

 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Venomous Snakes in the Amazon

 

South American Lancehead













Ever since the first outsider set foot in the Amazon, the world has been subjected to countless lurid tales of a Green Hell teeming with slithering snakes, each capable of recognizing a human and all determine...

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Friday, August 2, 2013

New GreenTracks videos


GreenTracks Amazon Cruise Films has two new videos up on YouTube.

The GreenTracks Amazon Riverboat Wildlife Cruise focuses on the flora and fauna of the Amazon rainforest. Also to be appreciated is the spectacular beauty of the forest rivers and creeks. These black-water rivers are known locally as El Espejo de la Selva (the mirror of the rainforest) for their highly reflective qualities.

The Mirrored Rainforest


The Northern Caiman Lizard is found throughout the Amazon Basin. This beautifully colored lizard spend most of their time in trees overhanging water where they can drop into the water if threatened. They are excellent swimmers.They feed on a number of small aquatic animals, but prefer snails.



Visit our website to see all of our Amazon Tours and Cruises

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Showmanship vs. Reality


Showmanship vs. Reality on reality TV wild animal shows.
by Bill Lamar


The abundance of nature oriented television shows is a blessing and a curse. After an auspicious beginning with properly researched and well-filmed documentaries, ratings—largely a function of the preferences of the sofa-set—began to change their direction. One can see the transition from inspired work such as the films by Sir David Attenborough to features that showcase sweating pseudo-Tarzans spewing words like “jungle,” “aggressive,” “survival,” etc. They have devolved into tired depictions of Man vs. Nature that inevitably cast the natural world as something dangerous and in need of conquering…. and, of course, they showcase anything with blood. What was a lofty and necessary pursuit has degenerated into cheap thrills.

  Read the entire article at
http://www.GreenTracks.com/pub/Show-Reality.html