This course explores vertebrate field biology by offering participants their
choice of two out of three elective modules: primatology, herpetology, and
ornithology. Within each module, experts from the corresponding field of
study will lead daily activities that explore natural history, research
methodologies, and ongoing conservation issues. Evenings will include
lectures and discussions of scientific articles. 

During the last phase of the course, participants learn tree climbing to
access higher strata of forest and partake in excursions to a palm swamp,
oxbow lake, mammal clay lick, and canopy tower. Grades and certificates of
completion are based on participation, assignments, and short exams.

- Forest navigation and orienteering on and off trail
- Maintaining field notebooks
- Deploying and monitoring motion-sensing camera traps
- Mist netting and bird censusing
- Primate follows and behavioral sampling
- Field identification and conservation strategies for reptiles and amphibians
- Operating radio telemetry equipment
- Safely ascending emergent trees

This course will be held at the Los Amigos Biological Station, also known by
its Spanish acronym EBLA (Estación Biológica Río Los Amigos). Situated
between the Madre de Dios and Los Amigos Rivers on terra firme forest rising
above the floodplain, this field station was established in 2000 and boasts
incredible biodiversity that includes 11 primate species and 595 species of


Dec. 27, 2016 – Jan 8, 2017</p>


Course size is limited, spots are filled on a rolling basis until November
18th, 2016. 


$2000 USD (includes meals, lodging, and transportation from Puerto Maldonado
to the field site and back)

Mauricio Ugarte Lewis: Curator of the Ornithology Division in the Natural
History Museum at the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín de Arequipa in Peru

Jen Stabile: Editor of the conservation section of Herpetological Review,
President-elect of the International Herpetological Symposium

Liz Maciag: Coordinating Science Lecturer at University Centre Peterborough
and Peterborough Regional College

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