Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Yasuni Wilderness: Mammals

In the Amazon Rainforest there is a place that  holds about 40% of the mammalian diversity of the entire Amazon Basint, we invite you watch some of this special mammals, a handful of them are in the most rare category; it is worth to mention as well, all of them are under a constant threat by development activities in the area of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve in Ecuador.



Enjoy the Yasuni Wilderness: Mammals, our last effort to share the diversity of life with the world, stay tune with the Yasuni at www.yasuniwilderness.com.  If you got this far,.. Please share it.. Thanks

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Red Brocket Deer

The Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador is home  of the largest of all brocket deer (14 spp), and also has the greatest range in South America, ranging from northern Argentina to Colombia and the Guianas. It also occurs on the island of Trinidad in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Yasuni National Park have many salt licks where the Red Brocket comes to drink water enriched with minerals, as you can see it moves carefully before drinking it making sure no predation is watching it



Red brockets are  hard to see because of the habitat in which they live and their predator avoidance techniques. If they are spotted by a predator or can hear something approaching, they sometimes freeze in place.

Monday, March 30, 2015

White-lipped Peccary

The Amazon Rainforest has special places commonly known as "salt licks" or "clay licks", this location have a high concentration of  fossilized mineral which help herbivores in stabilizing their digestive system.

Thundresd of White-lipped Peccaries visit this places frequently to get a fine dose of this precious water rich in minerals.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Yasuni Wilderness: Amazon Herping

Amazon Herping is a dream that finally became true, its dedicated to all the community out there, the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve is home of hundreds species of Amphibians and Reptiles, by today is the core of the diversity of these two taxa in the Western Amazon Rainforest.

Please enjoy this and help us sharing this with #AmazonHerping.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Yasuni Wilderness: Birds

Hello Everyone!!

Its been a while since my last post here, I've been working on this my last work: Yasuni Wilderness: Birds; its a collection of clips gatherer and luckly recorded during my field trips in the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, exploring the trails network and habitats of remote +Shiripuno Lodge under different conditions.

I try to capture the natural poses of many species of  amazonian birds, you will find hummingbirds, toucan, macaws, antbirds, herons, eagles and so on; its 11 minutes of many amazonian species I hope you like it..enjoy it. Share with #YasuniWilderness


The Yasuni is one of my passions, its conservation for the future generation has become a full time Ad honorem  Job: I do understand millions of people will never see the Amazon Rainforest in their life for many reasons; but with all our technologies available is possible to bring it closer and learn about it, we need to move forward towards the conservation of Nature.

Every person living on this planet have the right to the diversity of life because we all come from there, that is our nature.

I also thinks is time to act: STOP  BUYING  OIL  FROM   NATIONAL  PARK. all this great birds from the Amazon Rainforest will dissapear if we contunue with this insane consumption.

Thanks for stoping by, please feel free to share this work with your community and friends and the rest of the world.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Strike Fast, Strike Hard: The Red-Throated Caracara (Ibycter americanus)

The Red-throated Caracaras (Ibycter americanus) are specialist predators of social wasps in the Neotropics. Over the time it had been proposed that these falconids possess chemical repellents that allow them to take the brood of wasp nests without being attacked by worker wasps. 

To determine how Red-thoroated Caracaras exploit nests of social wasps and whether chemical repellents facilitate predation, a team of researchers went to Nouragues Station in French Guiana, they video recorded the birds attacking wasp nests; analyzed surface extracts of the birds' faces, feet, and feathers for potential chemical repellents; and inflicted mechanical damage on wasp nests to determine the defensive behavior of wasps in response to varying levels of disturbance. 


During caracara predation events, two species of large-bodied wasps mounted stinging attacks on caracaras, whereas three smaller-bodied wasp species did not. The “hit-and-run” predation tactic of caracaras when they attacked nests of large and aggressive wasps reduced the risk of getting stung. 

Data reveals that the predation strategy of caracaras is based on mechanical disturbance of, and damage to, target wasp nests. Caracara attacks and severe experimental disturbance of nests invariably caused wasps to abscond (abandon their nests). 

Two compounds in caracara foot extracts [sulcatone and iridodial] elicited electrophysiological responses from wasp antennae, and were also present in defensive secretions of sympatric arboreal-nesting Azteca ants. These compounds appear not to be wasp repellents but to be acquired coincidentally by caracaras when they perch on trees inhabited with Azteca ants. 

The Researchers conclude that Red-throated Caracara predation success does not depend on wasp repellents but relies on the absconding response that is typical of swarm-founding polistine wasps.The study highlights: the potential importance of vertebrate predators in the ecology and evolution of social wasps.

Source: PLOS ONE

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Adrian Soria: Y los biologos????

Con mucha preocupación e indignación me pregunto cual es la razón para el largo y misterioso silencio de parte de parte del gremio de biólogos a nivel nacional en lo que se refiere al modelo extractivista del gobierno, que tiene como banderas a la exploración del Yasuni, que por cierto justo el día internacional de la biodiversidad fue autorizada por parte del MAE su para su explotación.


Siendo el Yasuní por investigaciones realizadas por nosotros mismo categorizado como uno de los sitios con mayor biodiversidad en todo el mundo encontrando en pocas hectáreas de bosque más de mil especies de árboles, cientos de especies de aves, decenas de especies de murciélagos y miles de especies de insectos.
Me pregunto no somos nosotros mismos los que investigamos y publicamos con emoción (espero) el descubrimiento de tal o cual especie de planta o animal? Los que vamos con gran interés a los cursos de ecología tropical a poner transectos, parcelas, redes y demás de artilugios para medir esta diversidad? Los que escribimos en artículos y libros las maravillas del bosque lluvioso tropical? Los que sabemos que esa diversidad que se encuentra en la zona le tomó evolucionar no miles sino millones de años para llegar a su estado actual?. 

Pero porque entonces si existe una grave amenaza que pone en peligro la integridad ecosistemica de este emblemático sitio para la biodiversidad guardamos un cobarde y cómplice silencio? Mis respuestas pueden ser muchas: muchos trabajamos como consultores para petroleras y para que hablar su voy a tener más trabajo, otros trabajamos en la burocracia del gobierno y para que hablar sí eso ocasionaría un llamado de atención del jefe, otros no trabajamos en la zona si o estamos estudiando un postgrado y para que hablar si el gobierno me puede quitar la beca y otros simplemente no nos interesa ensuciarnos nuestra reputación científica y para que protestar si puedo escribir un artículo más para la mejor revista indexada sobre el análisis genético en Drosophila. 

Otros no hablamos porque prefiero trabajar para la ONG internacional y ahí tengo asegurada la vida y otros ya tienen ganado prestigio ganado y son los mega ornitoherpetoentomomastozoologos que para que meterse a hablar del Yasuni sino se hacen enemigos de los donantes y ahí quien les financia.
Mientras tanto en las calles importante grupo de gente que sin necesidad de ser biólogos están luchando por conservar este laboratorio viviente de nuestro país y mientras y nosotros? Bien gracias al otro lado del binocular, estéreo microscopio, matraz, colección estudiando de la manera más científica y objetiva la biodiversidad.... Se nota que a veces somos muy científicos, profesionales y metódicos....pero ahora más que nunca de nota el ego, la prepotencia, el miedo y la poca ética que tenemos... Mientras tanto el lugar emblemático de los biólogos se destruye entre moto sierras e hidrocarburos....
Y para responder la pregunta que inició esto... Y los biólogos? Bien gracias...