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.
"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."
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...
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.
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...
My first night of a 4 month field season, I settled down to sleep listening to the buzzes and squawks of the jungle night, mosquito net carefully tucked in all around my mattress. After a while, in the pitch dark, I felt the net trembling, as an animal climbed down the cord that held 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.
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.
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!!)
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.
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?
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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