Entry #1: Never Trust the Log

Written by: R. Reeder

Working in the Amazon rainforest, we are constantly surrounded by hundreds of different species of plants, birds, insects, and mammals. Yasuní National Park in particular may very well be the most biodiverse place in the entire world. Upon first arriving to the Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS), however, all we could see was a vast ocean of green that felt never-ending and filled every single space in every sort of way you can imagine. Everything looked…the same. This is actually one of the most interesting parts of the Amazon. Competition for survival in the rainforest is so intense that many species have evolved cryptic forms to survive: if an animal in the Amazon could choose any superpower, it would probably be invisibility. So although the Amazon is home to an amazing amount of biodiversity, it’s quite hard to see most of it. I admit to being slightly disappointed by this realization, but I’ve also learned that one must be patient, and more importantly, quiet, and then animals of all sorts seem to appear before your very eyes. Continue reading