Quick Weekend into the Cloud Forest

Written by Phil Torres on September 27, 2011 — Leave a Comment

Quick jaunt into the cloud forest with hummingbirds, canopy traps, and… clouds.

Life in the Amazon

Written by Phil Torres on September 4, 2011 — Leave a Comment

A few pictures letting you know what madness I’ve been up to down in the Amazon. (Not) Eating the giant earthworm, Glososcolex giganteus found on the road. Mistnetting birds, getting awesome data. This here is a female blue crested manakin. Catching crazy critters. This here is a fearsome looking Giant Tailless Whip Scorpion. It is [...]

Bioindicators: Adorable Frogs (good), Pretty Irises (bad)

Written by Phil Torres on June 30, 2011 — Leave a Comment

Bioindicators are plants/animals that can be used as a pollution warning system: if the population of the bioindicator declines in an area, there is likely too much pollution or disturbance. Kind of like a canary in a mine but on a much larger scale. This here Pacific Tree Frog I came across in Solstice Canyon [...]

Dragonfly Nymphs Doing Their Thang

Written by Phil Torres on June 21, 2011 — 4 Comments

Part of my job is feeding these little guys and I’ve been patiently waiting to get a video worth sending home to mama. Well I finally got one, in this video you can see two libellulid dragonfly nymphs feeding, fighting, and swimming. A three-for-one deal, and you can watch it as many times as you [...]

Trust Your Gut (Bacteria)

Written by Phil Torres on February 7, 2011 — Leave a Comment

The trillions of bacteria in your gut have been known to affect your digestion, immune system, and weight, but now they have been found to potentially affect something even bigger: your behavior. Yes, these little guys hanging around in your intestines may be doing some mind-control trickery. Scientists have found that mice bred in bacteria-free [...]