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Climate Change, Canopies and Wildlife in the Ecuadorian Andes

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October 2, 2009: More aerial taxonomy

After breakfast we left for another aerial taxonomy study. We went out to the self guided trail and then down into the forest. It was so steep and slippery that I now understood the need for walking sticks. I had to brace myself with the stick and then find some vines to brace my foot against just to take a step. At one point I slipped down and brushed my arm against a stinging nettle plant. If you feel one it is like brushing up against a cactus with fine needles that sting your skin and cause it to swell up with large blisters. The pain is not bad. It goes away in about 10 minutes and then the blisters start to go away. I just had a line of red dots down my arm from the sting. Martin asked Agi, Bob, and I to go up the hill to see if some trees were marked. It was really hard because we didn’t have a machete to cut our way up the hill. So Bob, who I am now referring to as “Jungle Bob” found a stick and got busy hacking a path for us to go up. We got up to some trees and found that they were not marked. We spent all morning searching for tagged trees. That afternoon, Tim asked me to take a photo and a group of us went back out into another area of the forest to try to match up tagged trees with an aerial photo of the canopies.

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