Puerto Rico's Rainforest

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June 14: Lizard day!

Today's blogger -- Samantha Stephens

Anole_face  11 species of anoles (lizards) are native to Puerto Rico. Today the group ventured out with Norman and Megan, the site’s herpetologists, to find the 6 species that live in Las Casas de la Selva area. Between intermittent rain, we learned how to identify each species, its gender and track their habitat to better understand how replanted rainforest affect their environment, breeding, etc. The hardest part was navigating through sections of “razor grass” indigenous to this area.  Razor_grass  Ouch! We also learned of a weather pattern in the Atlantic Ocean moving toward the Caribbean. It is too soon to know what direct affect it will have on Puerto Rico but it reminds us to always be ready for anything. Tonight, a bonfire and constant laugher as we try songs, dance and card games from each other’s native cultures.




Samantha, I hope you are stopping to take in and appreciate all the surroundings of the Rainforest, just don't let the surroundings engulf you for lunch!
- All the best to your group on the adventure!

Louise | Posted Wed 16 Jun 2010 10:50AM

How exciting!! Can't wait to hear your stories when you return! Isn't it amazing how some of those lizards blend so well with the tree they are climbing on. I'm not so sure I would spot them if someone wasn't pointing them out to me. Have fun!

Michelle | Posted Wed 16 Jun 2010 1:14PM

How nice to have the news updated everyday.
Only a little concern about "weather pattern": what does it mean?

Silvia Maria de Lima Lustosa | Posted Wed 16 Jun 2010 11:10PM