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Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region

Damaged Peru pipeline leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into Amazon region | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Jungle covered in black sludge after a landslide caused the country’s main oil pipeline to rupture, polluting rivers relied on by eight native communities

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Amazon Spiders glide gracefully to safety = Amazing Science

Spiders glide gracefully to safety Amazing Science, Living high in the rainforest canopies of South America, selenopid spiders are at constant risk of fallin...
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Super cool that one the ACTSPeru advisory council members, Dr. Steve Yanoviak, is one of the scientists behind this research! 

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About the Amazon | Amazon Aid Foundation

About the Amazon | Amazon Aid Foundation | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical ecosystem on the planet, covering an area of South America close to the … Read More
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Great fun facts about the Amazon comin' at ya! 

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Illegal gold mining pushes deeper into protected Peruvian reserve

Illegal gold mining pushes deeper into protected Peruvian reserve | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Between December 2015 and January 2016, illegal gold mining activities seem to have moved further into Tambopata National Reserve, clearing around 20 hectares of protected forest.

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Game hunting in the Amazon? There’s an app for that

Game hunting in the Amazon? There’s an app for that | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it

Indigenous hunters in Colombia are keeping track of their prey and harvest on their mobile phones.

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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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Good times to celebrate the diversity of Amblypygi - Gil Wizen

Good times to celebrate the diversity of Amblypygi - Gil Wizen | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
Whip spiders, members of arachnid order Amblypygi, are fascinating predators that look like a cross between a spider and a mantis.
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Great overview of an arthropod we love finding on a night hike in the Amazon!
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Kew Gardens: Exploring the Unknown Amazon

Following an expedition along the French Guiana-Brazil border, this short film examines how modern techniques and equipment, coupled with old-fashioned explo...
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Modern tech + old fashioned field expeditions = awesomeness!  

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Periods + Fieldwork

For more science knowledge on periods, check out Anna's video on Gross Science! http://bit.ly/1PDHhS9 Field work can be the most exciting part of research sc...
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‪#‎womeninscience‬ ‪#‎womenfieldscientists‬. If you don't know Emily Graslie from The Brain Scoop, she's fantastic and a great role model for girls in science. Here's her straightforward, funny, and much needed approach to a normal healthy biological function - that no one wants to talk about!

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Sometimes, rainforest creatures come to you...

Sometimes, rainforest creatures come to you... | Rainforest EXPLORER:  News & Notes | Scoop.it
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…
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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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