Monday, January 18, 2010

A Winter's Visit

An exceptionally cold day at the office brought all sorts of visitors.

First, we had the pleasure of meeting with Marcia and Alex for their upcoming trip to Ecuador only to be surprised by a third guest... a Northern Harrier Hawk perched just outside the windows. Since Marcia and Alex are avid birders, we took this as a good sign that their birding trip to Ecuador will offer some great sightings... although you really can't go wrong with over 500 species available.

Click here to read a sample birding itinerary...

Monday, January 11, 2010

El Dorado Discovered?

A recent article in Antiquity Magazine details the surprising discovery of a "sophicsticated Pre-Columbian monument-building society" as land was being cleared in the Amazon for agricultural purposes. A civilization that has been lost in time since before the Colonial invasion has re-emerged because of the massive amounts of deforestation in Brazil. A bitter sweet discovery to say the least. To read the full article, click here.