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Amazon Spiders, Up Close.

Amazon Spiders, Up Close. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
My last two years in the Amazon have left me fascinated with a group I used to largely pass over: the spiders.
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Curated from the web, new and noteworthy updates from the Amazon
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Lessons from the Catwoman: Extinction and resliience of Amazonian fauna [exerpt from SAPIENS]

Lessons from the Catwoman: Extinction and resliience of Amazonian fauna [exerpt from SAPIENS] | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Francisco Evangelista, a Paumari Indian who grew up along the Piranha River within the Purus River basin in the Brazilian Amazon, tells
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Inside the Food Forests of the Amazon Rainforest

Inside the Food Forests of the Amazon Rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Nearly all Kichwa families have their own chacra, a garden that serves as a source of food and medicine.
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These colorful new maps reveal the hidden diversity of life in Peru's Andean and Amazonian forests

These colorful new maps reveal the hidden diversity of life in Peru's Andean and Amazonian forests | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The massive green swaths of Peru’s Andean and Amazonian forests host a more diverse array of life than previously thought — much of which has been hidden beyond the visible spectrum of light.
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WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor'

WATCH: Caterpillar Discovered In Peru Builds And Crawls In Strange Leafy 'Armor' | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
YouTube star and real-life biologist, Joe Hanson, discovered a unique caterpillar while filming his documentary show in the Peruvian Amazon. The crawling insect builds its own moving shelter out of leaves.
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Rainforest berry to help win battle against deadly superbugs

Rainforest berry to help win battle against deadly superbugs | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A red berry from the Amazon rainforest has emerged as a key weapon in the battle against deadly superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.
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New reserve in Peru will protect nearly a million acres of pristine forest

New reserve in Peru will protect nearly a million acres of pristine forest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
A tract of Peruvian rainforest bigger than California’s Yosemite National Park is officially more protected, with formal declaration of the Maijuna-Kichwa Regional Conservation Area (RCA) made last week in Lima. Those involved with the reserve’s formation hope it will safeguard the area’s biodiversity as well as the ancestral homeland and way of life of local indigenous communities.
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Heading to D.C. today to put together a plan for supporting and partnering with the Maijuna to promote conservation, sustainability, and educationalecotourism!
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Tuning in to Amazon biodiversity - CSIRO blog

Tuning in to Amazon biodiversity - CSIRO blog | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
It's believed Amazon fauna diversity is on the decline, so we're creating a wireless network of sensors to give us better information about biodiversity.
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Rates of Hothouse Gas Accumulation Continue to Spike as the Amazon Rainforest Bleeds Carbon

Rates of Hothouse Gas Accumulation Continue to Spike as the Amazon Rainforest Bleeds Carbon | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Back in June, atmospheric carbon monitors indicated that the Amazon Rainforest was leeching out more carbon dioxide than it was taking in. This is kind of a big deal -- because the vast expanse of trees and vegetation in the Amazon represents a gift nature has given to us. For all that lush vegetation draws…
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These 7 maps shed light on most crucial areas of Amazon rainforest...

These 7 maps shed light on most crucial areas of Amazon rainforest... | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Thirty million people call the Amazonia region home — and they all depend on its forests every day.
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TIME SENSITIVE! Scholarship Deadlines for PD in the Amazon Coming Up Soon!

TIME SENSITIVE! Scholarship Deadlines for PD in the Amazon Coming Up Soon! | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Scholarships and Grants are available for the 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon! Explore Amazon conservation, sustainability, & field research with a small cohort of your fellow grade level colleagues. Speacialized programming for AP Environmental Science and Biology educators, MS educators, and elementary educators!
K-16 Scholarship applications due Feb. 1, 2017. Vernier APES Grant application due Mar. 1, 2017. Don't delay!
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The Double-Crossing Ants to Whom Friendship Means Nothing | Deep Look

The Peruvian Amazon is a dangerous place when you're small. So the young Inga tree hires ants as bodyguards to protect its vulnerable leaves. Their pay
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Ethics, sustainability, and Amazon hydropower: mission impossible?

Latin America’s largest electrical company operates 45 hydroelectric dams, and is responsible for 34 percent of Brazil’s generating capacity.
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Rain Forest Map, Natural Habitat Maps - National Geographic

Rain Forest Map, Natural Habitat Maps - National Geographic | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Explore our Rainforests Map with National Geographic.
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Peru in fight to save its endangered languages

Peru in fight to save its endangered languages | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Taushiro and Resigaro, two indigenous languages, are among 17 that are critically endangered in Peru, where modern life's advance into the isolated Amazon basin region has wiped out many native peoples' way of life, and their languages along with it.
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Ecuador has begun drilling for oil in the world’s richest rainforest

Ecuador has begun drilling for oil in the world’s richest rainforest | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The country is poised to cash in on one of its most valuable assets. But at what cost?
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10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed.

10 years ago, the Amazon was being bulldozed for soy. Then everything changed. | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
This week – after months of negotiation and uncertainty – the Brazilian government, the soy industry and civil society organizations, including Greenpeace, indefinitely renewed an agreement keeping huge swathes of Amazon rainforest from being destroyed for soybean farming. This is big news for the Amazon, for Indigenous Pe
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Scientists launch expedition to find missing monkeys

Scientists launch expedition to find missing monkeys | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Over the course of the next four months, the Houseboat Amazon expedition will endeavor to locate the mysterious Vanzolini’s bald-faced saki in a remote corner of the Brazilian rainforest.
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Rainforest Trees Are Like Islands

Rainforest Trees Are Like Islands | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The bigger the tree, the greater the diversity of ant species that call it home
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Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work?

Peru’s New Environmental Policies: What Are They and Will They Work? | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Conservationists are cautiously optimistic about new moves by Peru to invest in ecosystem services, protect forests, mitigate climate change and offset biodiversity losses.
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Climate Change News: High-Tech Maps of Tropical Forest Diversity Identify New Conservation Targets

Climate Change News: High-Tech Maps of Tropical Forest Diversity Identify New Conservation Targets | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Climate Change News
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Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from defores... - Care2 News Network

Tropical forests need birds in order to recover from defores... - Care2 News Network | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Research in the Amazon suggests that loss of birds through deforestation prevents the recovery of rainforests, due to birds' roles in the ecosystem.
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Hermit crab caterpillar uses leaves to build a shell around itself 

Hermit crab caterpillar uses leaves to build a shell around itself  | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a 'hermit crab caterpillar' in the Amazon rainforest in Peru that wraps itself in a leafy tube to protect itself from predators.
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Um, This Wasp Species Has An Ant Head For A Butt

Um, This Wasp Species Has An Ant Head For A Butt | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Most wasps do not have ant heads for butts. So, if you were a researcher digging through a museum collection and found a wasp with an ant head for
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Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns: Ant biodiversity study confirms basic island biogeography principles

Ant bridges connect shy tropical tree crowns: Ant biodiversity study confirms basic island biogeography principles | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Internet and phone connections are essential for effective communicators and for success in business. New results from a study in Panama show that connections between trees may be important for maintaining the rich diversity of tropical forests.
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Cool!  ACTSPeru advisory council member, Steve Yanoviak, is featured in this article! 

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Ensuring the Paris Agreement Works for Forests and Wildlife

Ensuring the Paris Agreement Works for Forests and Wildlife | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
While the Paris Agreement, which formally entered into force last week on November 4, 2016, provides the global mechanism needed for realizing a low carbon future, there remains much work …
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