Frogs are Amphibians

Juliana and I have concluded our second month here in the cloud forests of Mindo, Ecuador. The month of February rained more than we could have expected. The rainfall totaled at 591.20 mm, higher than the last three Februarys here at Las Tangaras. It is no surprise that this soaking creates an amphibian paradise. Mindo,... Continue Reading →

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Changes are taking the pace I’m going through

Ch-ch-ch-changes!  And so, our second month has come to an end and we’re close to halfway through our final month here at Las Tangaras. I’m not crying, you’re crying! Though I never would have guessed it, my interests did eventually move on from plant hoppers. (I really over did it, you guys. My entire library... Continue Reading →

Walk on the Wildside

If you’re not coming to Las Tangaras to see these guys (above) , you might be wondering what else the reserve has to offer. And if you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you know that there are trails to be maintained (it’s like…all we talk about). Hiking is an incredible experience at Reserva las... Continue Reading →

Beetles Drop

Here's a short post about a huge topic: Coleoptera, aka Beetles, comprise approximately 1/4th of all the planet's known ANIMAL species! (We're greatly outnumbered....) In the tropics this is very evident. Beetles are incredibly interesting and deliriously diverse. We happen on them so frequently, that our photo subjects often consist of beetles and each is... Continue Reading →

Spectrums and Speculations

We imagine this to be but the first installments (one per manager) in what we hope to be a series of accounts and interpretations. Just as the magnificent creatures of this forest have adapted and evolved over the course of their millennial existences, we, too, may experience changes in focuses and understandings of this vast... Continue Reading →

Strange Fascinations

Intro We imagine this to be but the first installments (one per manager) in what we hope to be a series of accounts and interpretations (as in, you got two more per naturalist coming). Just as the magnificent creatures of this forest have adapted and evolved over the course of their millennial existences, we, too,... Continue Reading →

Tanager Managers

So, I’m sure most of y'all are wondering “What the eff is they even doin in the cloud forest?” We wonder the same thing ourselves. every. day. Nah nah, I kid. We’re kept quite busy by the responsibilities that inherently come with living, off the grid, in a water forest. La Reserva de las Tangaras,... Continue Reading →

Rainy Seasoned

“It’ll be the rainy season,” they told us when we applied for this job. “Prepare to be wet all the time. Bring lots of desiccant!” And we did. We prepared by packing rain jackets, pants, ponchos, desiccant tins, Epsom salts to make desiccant, and plenty of plastic bags to protect our things. But, for the... Continue Reading →

Colibríes y Cafe

Our new life is SO HARD filled with SO MANY RESPONSIBILITIES. Like, we have to sit down with a cup of coffee and COUNT all of the 10+ species of hummingbirds that visit the reserve hummingbird feeders. And we have to WAKE UP at 5am in the morning and OBSERVE an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lekking site.... Continue Reading →

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