We saw and/or heard the San Isidro owl each night in the cloud forest. This is the famous "mystery" owl, whose scientific name has yet to be determined. Currently placed in genus Ciccaba. There are two similar species in this genus, black-and-white owl, and black-banded owl. Scientific names of birds on this blog follow the Fieldbook of the Birds of Ecuador, 2013, by McMullan and Navarrete.
This golden orb weaver is a common spider along roadside and in forest at San Isidro.
Dr. Greg Thorn discussing ferns of the Andean cloud forest (photo by Megha V.).
Six species of hummingbirds regularly visited the feeders; chestnut-breasted coronet (Boissonneaua matthewsii).
Everyone's favourite, the long-tailed sylph, Aglaiocercus kingi.
Fawn-breasted brilliant, Heliodoxa rubinoides
Fawn-breasted brilliant (left) and bronzy inca, Coeligena coeligena, in flight with tongue sticking out.
Collared Inca, Coeligena torquata, and hymenopteran in flight. The birds compete with the hymenopterans for the sugar-water in the feeders.
Nina (Dr. Z) reviewing field safety at the pavilion
Alejandro, Lodge Manager, presents a lecture on forest conservation at San Isidro
Taking a break on a steep hike, Emily S. befriends a cow on Ridge Trail.
Its a steep climb to get to the meadow, but interesting animals such as onychophorans can be found there.
Nina shows students how to handle live butterflies.
Learning how to kick-sample for benthic invertebrates.
Gathering and sorting invertebrates from the kick net; bright smiles from Danielle, Emily W., Megha, and Kristen.
Michael working on one of three writing assignments that are a part of the evaluation for the course.
Students studying for the arthropod identification test.
Our wonderful hosts at San Isidro, Naturalist Pablo and Lodge Manager Alejandro.
Rebecca on a night hike. Night hikes in the forest are a highlight of the course. Nocturnal animals such as noisy night monkeys (Aotus vociferans) and free-living platyhelminths become active, bioluminescent fungi and arthropods appear here and there. Everything looks different at night, and there is always something interesting to observe.
The Stream Trail is always a favourite
The Ecuadorian food is fresh, delicious, and plentiful at San Isidro Lodge. Big thanks to Alejandro, Manager, for making our stay so enjoyable.