Tropical Biology and Primatology, May 2014 | Field Projects International

Tropical Biology and Primatology, May 2014

Course Highlights

Los Amigos Biological Field Station

(Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Río Los Amigos)

Students: 11

Countries: 4


Meet the Students:

One of our most popular courses, this early summer workshop included 11 students from four different countries with three instructors.


Course Highlights:

On this course we saw some of the largest and most spectacular snakes the Amazon has to offer, and we got up close and personal with quite a few different rainforest residents.


A foliage gleaner is not amused at being examined by a student – he soon made a clean getaway


Students examine a smorgasbord of night insects attracted to some pretty special light – did you know that most of the moths in this image remain unknown to science even today?


There is no joy like that of riding up the River of the Mother of God on your way to begin a long stay in the middle of the Peruvian Amazon


The largest venomous snake in the forest – the bushmaster (Lachesis muta) – is a rare sighting we were most fortunate to observe. The beveled scales, diamond back, and classic viper-smile gave it away.


A fallen log forms a natural bridge on the way to a mammal clay lick – and yes, it can handle all our weight combined!


A beautiful adult anaconda (Eunectes murinus) basks in the sun along the Los Amigos River


Binoculars abound as the students settle down for a ride up the Los Amigos River


Climbing a 60m tower in the middle of the rainforest is a challenge and a privilege – here a student takes it on to enjoy the breathtaking view from the top


One of the field station’s most endearing features – several flights of stairs before your reach camp!

Independent Projects:

In this course, each student undertook an independent study into a topic of their choice. The options were limitless: they could pick a project on anything from insects to large primates. Each student submitted a proposal for their project, which was reviewed by the instructors. Once they had a plan in place, they spent three days carrying out their study. At the end, all results were presented in 10-min talks to everyone present at the field station


Ishaan studied the emergence of spiders at dusk in relation to taxonomy, behavior and light levels


Anna studied carnal decay – or how meat products decompose – in various habitats in the rainforest, identifying the major players and other habitat variables that determined decomposition rates


Kayla was curious about the creatures growing within water that collected in Heliconia flower petals


Lauren studied the effects of disturbance on mammal sightings by conducting mammal surveys at increasing distances from camp


Pooja studied ant (Cephalotes astratus) movement on a grid when displaced from their nest a short distance


Toni studied what she suspected were giant armadillo or yungunturo (Priodontes maximus) dens along several trails at the site


Krishna recorded ambient sounds at different times of day to try to detect harmonies in them – he found several scales that match the environment!


Steven studied vigilance and flocking behavior in hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) on an ox-bow lake


KC tested the reliability of camera trap vs. footprint analyses to measure mammal density on a trail

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Course Information
  • Course Id:P-M2014
  • Credits:3
  • Dates:May 20 - June 10, 2014

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