Birds and shade-grown coffee


This video says about itself:

2 November 2016

Scientists Amanda Rodewald of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Nick Bayly of Selva spend a morning on a Colombian coffee farm, researching how shade-grown coffee benefits migratory birds like warblers and tanagers.

Birds and children in Colombia


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BirdSleuth International: Colombia

12 October 2016

Cornell Lab educators provide resources and training to teachers across the globe, that help them create opportunities for students to explore and care for their unique habitats.

New frog species discovered in Colombia


Pristimantis macrummendozai frog was discovered in the Iguaque Merchan paramos, Colombia's East Andes (AFP photo)

From the BBC today:

Frog species with yellow eyebrows found in Colombia

Researchers say they have discovered a new frog species with distinctive yellow eyebrows in Colombia.

The frog has a dark camouflage pattern which allows it to blend in with the rocky soil on which it dwells.

Researchers with the Humboldt Institute found the frog, which they named Pristimantis macrummendozai, in the Iguaquen Merchan moorlands, in central Boyaca province.

Colombia is one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries.

Researchers said that the species was well adapted to its moorland surroundings.

They said that female Pristimantis took advantage of the moist soil to lay their eggs in the ground.

According to their studies, the Pristimantis’ preferred breeding environment was at high altitude, above 3,500m (11,500ft).

Environmentalists in Colombia have been fighting for the country’s moorlands to be protected.

Last month, they celebrated when Colombia’s constitutional court banned mining in the moorlands, arguing that it could cause irreversible damage to their fragile ecosystem.