MARCH 2-11 2001 -- trip to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in Ecuador. TBS is a joint activity of Boston University and the University of San Francisco in Quito

 

Getting there -- a flight over the Andes from Quito to Coca, a two hour bus trip on an oil exploration road, and seven hours of boating down the Tiputini River with the crew looking out for snags

The TBS buildings are amid the jungle, and termites are energetically trying to return them to the soil...

This tarantula went skittering ahead of me as I walked in
the dark back to my room the first night.

It was quite friendly, and went climbing on Bart

Left -- an observation tower built around a ceiba tree -- something over 100 feet high.

Below: view from the top of the tower. This is an emergent tree, rising above the canopy and so getting lots of light... and providing a home for lots of other plants and creatures. Epiphytes, bromeliads, vines... wasps, ants (big nasty conga ants!), termites, sweat bees... and lots of birds

Vernon of the Jungle, canoing on an ox-bow lake off the Tiputini

(Vernon of the Jungle)

A hoatzin, one of a group living at the edge of that ox-bow lake

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TBS has a canopy walk built around another ceiba tree --
climb ladders to the platform and then roam the walkways.
The tree is in bad shape due to a fire (long story)

The walkway is a great way to see the jungle canopy...