jueves, 27 de enero de 2011

Conservation research and photography workshops in the tropical dry forests of Alamos, Sonora, México

Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International is growing by leaps and bounds in 2011, and I want to tell you about our latest endeavors: conservation research and photography workshops in the tropical dry forests of Alamos, Mexico. We will be studying and photographing some great charismatic critters, including desert tortoises, Gila monsters, beaded lizards, Mexican leaf frogs, and barking frogs, among many others. We'll be heading to our sites at the end of the rainy season, when the climate is decidedly tropical, animal activity is at its peak, but it's cooled off a little to make it a bit more comfortable.

Our October 2011 Alamos photography workshop will focus on more than the lizards, snakes, frogs, and turtles (as if they weren't enough!), including magpie jays and military macaws. Spectacular landscapes, cacti, orchids and wildflowers are all common subjects as well. Have an itchy (camera) trigger finger and want some incomprable images to add to your collection? Then this is the trip for you!

But if you want a hard-core field experience, we'll be working with a rich but imperiled diversity of reptiles and amphibians in our September 2011 Alamos research expeditions. Among other things, we will be determining the effects of cattle grazing and climate change on the survival of endangered animals. These hands-on research experiences are suitable for anyone ages 18 and up who wants a rough and rugged adventure while making a huge difference in the lives of animals, and the future of ecosystems.

For either a workshop or expedition,or both, just get yourself to Tucson, Arizona, and we'll take it from there! Any questions? Check out the web pages and then contact us for anything else.
Paul Hamilton, PhD
PS--And don't forget you can also join us in the rainforests of Ecuador for photography workshops or conducting ecological research!
Executive Director, Reptile and Amphibian Ecology International
Discovering, Documenting, and Saving the Diversity of Life
phone: (520) 260-9280
3901 West Calle Don Miguel
Tucson, AZ 85746 USA

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