Access to internet while in the field can be pretty difficult - but here are some photos of our last several days of exploring fishes in Guatemala! Diego_castnet.jpg Diego Elias throws a cast net. Read more about Fishes in Guatemala - Photo Update!
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The very first mummy and coffin we treated for this project was that of Minirdis. We know his name from the hieroglyphs on the coffin. Read more about Opening the Coffin of Minirdis
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Photo © Arlene Koziol. Read more about Things seen in the Bird Division #9 (or: The fish that killed a pelican)
We've just finished up doing work in some pretty remote areas (sorry we were unable to post a blog or photos lately!). Just a quick update - below are some of the fishes we've been collecting... dsc_0759.jpg Poecilia petenensis, from Lago Peten-Itza. Read more about Fishes in Guatemala - An Update
There's a great feature in eBird that allows you to see recent checklists from whatever area you'd like, giving birders the ability to keep up with sightings in their area. As migration picks up, this function allows you to learn what's being seen at local hotspots, even if there are no posts to the local listserve or Facebook birding group. I don't think many birders are taking advantage of this function, so here I present an illustrated tutorial on how to access it. Read more about Using eBird to keep up with recent sightings in your area
After making our way to El Remate, along the shore of Lago Peten-Itza, we settled and prepared to start our sampling of the region. We started the morning by collecting from the shore of the lake with cast nets and seines. We collected several cichlid species that were targets for some ichthyologists in the group, such as Thorichthys affinis, ‘Cichlasoma’ urophthalmum, Petenia splendida, and Paraneetroplus melanurus. Read more about Fishes in Guatemala - Peten II
After finishing up sampling several localities in the Coban-Rio Cahabon region, we began to head north in Guatemala to the Department of Peten. Peten is the largest department in Guatemala and possesses some of the largest lakes and rivers in the country. Read more about Fishes in Guatemala - Peten
Illinois to remove Peregrine Falcon from [state] Threatened Species List I read the above statement on the internet today (14 March 2015) so it must be true – right?! Actually, it is. During the 163rd meeting of the Illinois’ Endangered Species Protection Board (ESPB), on 15 August 2014, the board reviewed and approved the final draft for amendments to the Endangered & Threatened Species List. Within these amendments was the delisting of the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus). Read more about Illinois to remove Peregrine Falcon from [state] Threatened Species List
After a couple of days filled with sorting out logistics, and driving away from Guatemala City, we have sampled at our first localities (Las Verapaces - Baja Verapaz and Alta Verapaz Departments). Our localities so far have centered around the Rio Escondido and Rio Cahabon, both north of Guatemala City. We found livebearing fishes of the family Poeciliidae (e.g. Pseudoxiphophorous spp., Poecilia mexicana), as well as cichlids, tetras, and catfish. Read more about Fishes in Guatemala: Las Verapaces
My approach to working with Peregrines has always been to try and do what is best for the birds but still help people affected by the falcons’ presence. I strive to walk the middle of road and see both sides of a situation. It is understandable that someone may not want a Peregrine family living on their balcony. It also understandable the need to preserve each Peregrine eyrie no matter where it is. If I can find a way to resolve an individuals’ concerns yet ensure that in the long run the Peregrines can continue to breed, then I’ve done my work right. Read more about Peregrine Shot