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
                               
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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