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Locally extinct birds in the Amazon slowly flock back to forests when trees regrow

Locally extinct birds in the Amazon slowly flock back to forests when trees regrow | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Some good news out of the Amazon rainforest: given enough time, deforested land can rebound enough to host bird species that had previously deserted the area, according to a recent study in The Auk.
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New deforestation hotspot threatens southern Peru’s tremendous biodiversity

New deforestation hotspot threatens southern Peru’s tremendous biodiversity | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The lower Las Piedras River, in the far west Amazon rainforest of the Madre de Dios region of southern Peru, is an incredibly biodiverse area — but it’s also the site of an increasing amount of deforestation.

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The Global Importance of Amazon Natural Resources

The Global Importance of Amazon Natural Resources | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon has long been recognized as an important repository of biodiversity and natural resources. Not only for local peoples and indigenous communities, but also for the rest of the world. Unfortunately, as forests continue to disappear and the effects climate change become more of a daily reality, we run the risk of losing this great natural treasure for future generations.
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Overhunting Rainforest Animals Makes Climate Change Worse

Overhunting Rainforest Animals Makes Climate Change Worse | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Researchers find that tropical forest mammals play an important role in keeping carbon-absorbing Amazon forests healthy.
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Leafcutter ants use prehensile legs to help chop up leaves

Leafcutter ants use prehensile legs to help chop up leaves | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Flexible leg tips allow ants to hold and cut leaves with precision
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Leafcutter ants...just when you thought you had the whole story! 

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Yaguas National Park, another great attempt at conservation in Peru

Yaguas National Park, another great attempt at conservation in Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

After the success of the creation of Sierra del Divisor National Park, there is hope that new parks will help conservation efforts in Peru's Amazon region. Yaguas National Park is next on line.

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ACTSPeru Canopy Walkway - Amazon Rainforest, Peru

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Wonderful video footage of the ACTSPeru Canopy walkway and surrounding rainforest shot by Trans-Americas Journey.  The ACTSPeru walkway and field station are managed by Explorama Lodges.  Many visitors from their Ceiba Tops Lodge visit the walkway for a day (thus the name of this video). Participants in Amazon Rainforest Workshops and/or ACTSPeru field studies GET TO SPEND SEVERAL DAYS - EVEN WEEKS at this site.  MAGIC is an understatement!  (Note:  disregard the accompanying audio, pretty sure its not from the Amazon, but the video is fantastic!!)

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These Spiders Create 50,000-Strong Armies In The Peruvian Rainforest

These Spiders Create 50,000-Strong Armies In The Peruvian Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
You probably think of spiders as solitary creatures, sitting alone in their webs like a surly miser. But the arachnophobes among you won’t be pleased to learn there’s actually a species of spider that enjoys creeping around with tens of thousands of comrades.
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The year in rainforests: 2015

The year in rainforests: 2015 | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

RT @mongabay: RT @goldmanprize: Was 2015 a good year for rainforests?

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Alarming proof of underreported bushmeat crisis in heart of Amazonia

Alarming proof of underreported bushmeat crisis in heart of Amazonia | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

When satellite imagery of the Brazilian rainforest shows lush, dense forests, most of us likely expect that those trees are packed with wildlife. But what if what we are actually seeing is an empty forest?

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Watch! Biomimicry holds the key to pulling excess carbon out of the atmosphere.

Watch!  Biomimicry holds the key to pulling excess carbon out of the atmosphere. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Here's the thing: Nature sees carbon as a building block. That's important as we look to take carbon out of the air. Plants use carbon to make sugars, starches, and cellulose. Corals use carbon to build reefs, and mollusks use carbon to manufacture their shells. We can do that too.

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The Claims Are Rosy, But Brazil's Rain Forest Is Still Disappearing - NPR

The Claims Are Rosy, But Brazil's Rain Forest Is Still Disappearing - NPR | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Brazil says it has greatly reduced the rate of deforestation. That may be true, critics say, but they argue such figures are misleading because so much of the Amazon has already been degraded.
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Field Museum scientists help grow the rainforest - Chicago Tribune

Field Museum scientists help grow the rainforest - Chicago Tribune | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Peru has a new, 3.3-million-acre national park in the Amazonian rain forest, thanks to an international effort in which Field Museum scientists played a key role, museum officials said Tuesday.
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Increased deforestation could substantially reduce Amazon basin rainfall - Phys.Org

Increased deforestation could substantially reduce Amazon basin rainfall - Phys.Org | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish the amount of rain that falls in the Amazon River basin, finds a new study.
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A railroad that crosses the Amazon could be an infeasible, expensive dream for Peru

A railroad that crosses the Amazon could be an infeasible, expensive dream for Peru | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The dream of a railroad across the Amazon —which dates back at least a century— has never materialized, but refuses to die.

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Imperiled Amazon freshwater ecosystems urgently need basin-wide study, management

Imperiled Amazon freshwater ecosystems urgently need basin-wide study, management | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
if all planned dams go ahead, only three Amazon tributaries will remain free-flowing in the basin.
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A great overview of a serious global issue.

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Educators Take BirdsEye to the Amazon

Educators Take BirdsEye to the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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Whoohooo!  Just got featured in the BirdsEye newsletter.  Thanks BirdsEye for helping our Educator Academy Participants make the most of their Amazon field experience!  


More about BirdsEye http://www.birdseyebirding.com/

More about the Educator Academy in the Amazon: http://www.amazonworkshops.com/educator-academy.html 

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Smithsonian Scientists Solve Puzzle of Dramatic Wood Thrush Decline

Smithsonian Scientists Solve Puzzle of Dramatic Wood Thrush Decline | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
For the past 50 years, the number of wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) that breed in the United States has decreased more than 60 percent. However, …
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If you've ever heard the ethereal song of a wood thrush, you'll never be the same.  When you consider they journey thousands of miles between their two homes - tropical rainforests in Central and South America and the deciduous forests of NE United States and Canda, they become even more special.  Their decline has long been blamed on deforestation in the tropics - not so says the Smithsonian.  Its happening in our own backyard in the USA.  

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The Global Importance of Natural Resources in the Amazon

The Global Importance of Natural Resources in the Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

The Amazon has long been recognized as an important repository of biodiversity and natural resources. Not only for local peoples and indigenous communities, … Read More

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Storms, ozone may play pivotal role in rainforest cloud creation

Storms, ozone may play pivotal role in rainforest cloud creation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
"The Amazon rainforest plays an important role in the southern hemisphere by transpiring moisture that is transported by clouds to many places that need precipitation," said Jose D. Fuentes, professor of meteorology, Penn State. "However, there's a big gap in our knowledge of the underlying processes that influence the formation of clouds."
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What’s ahead for rainforests in 2016? 10 things to watch

What’s ahead for rainforests in 2016? 10 things to watch | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

.@mongabay nous éclaire sur ce qui attend les forêts tropicales en 2016 https://t.co/3vvxxpoSCH

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Fighting climate change means protecting forests and wildlife

Fighting climate change means protecting forests and wildlife | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Russell A. Mittermeier, a primatologist who serves as Executive Vice Chair at Conservation International and Chair of the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group, praises the climate agreement signed in Paris for its inclusion of forests, but notes that...

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Three Innovations That Might Save the Amazon | Americas Quarterly

Three Innovations That Might Save the Amazon | Americas Quarterly | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This article is adapted from the Fall 2015 print edition of Americas Quarterly. To subscribe, please click here With each passing day, we lose more of our world's forests to deforestation and degradation. But the good news is that in recent years, we've become considerably more sophisticated in how we try to protect the Amazon and other vulnerable areas.
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Protecting the Peruvian Amazon

Protecting the Peruvian Amazon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The poor management of coffee and cocoa is one of the principal drivers of deforestation in Peru.
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Peru creates ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’: 3.3M acre reserve home to uncontacted tribes, endangered wildlife

Peru creates ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’: 3.3M acre reserve home to uncontacted tribes, endangered wildlife | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Story by Rhett A. Butler originally published November 7, 2015 on Mongabay.com    After more than a decade of discussion and … Read More The post Peru creates ‘Yellowstone of the Amazon’: 3.3M acre reserve home to uncontacted tribes, endangered...
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The Amazon Today: How it is Changing and more

The Amazon Today:  How it is Changing and more | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Out on November 12, the issue looks at how to balance conservation and economic growth in the world's largest rain forest. The latest issue of Americas Quarterly, released on November 12, explores how to balance conservation and economic growth in the world's largest rain forest. Read the table of contents below. Check out the AQ app and subscribe now to take advantage of our special discount.
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A great collection of articles about the current state of the Amazon - Nov. 12, 2015:  Americas Quarterly

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