Life on the Wild Side: A final thought from the Wildlife Team


Coming back from the Amazon, some key take-aways would be just how diverse the biodiversity in the rainforest actually is. In the morning we would hear the sound of howler monkeys, and then during the day we would see lots of colorful insects and birds.  More than just insects and birds, we would also be exposed to a wide range of different organic life including trees, plants, and rainforest canopy. To think that our actions can have a direct impact on the wellbeing of the wild forest and fauna in the Peruvian rainforest is incredible. Staying hopeful about rainforest preservation is important. More specifically, the birds in the Amazon rainforest were what drew me in for closer examination. Aldo, who was one of our guides is a bird expert, and explained a lot about birds, such as the harpy eagle, one of the largest birds in Peru. Some of the sites we saw of flocks of Macaws gathered at the Macaw claylicks were beautiful, and as a result I did become interested in different species of birds. For what we couldn’t see with our own eyes, we would cross logs and rivers, and go on long treks and hikes through the forest to set up camera traps. This helped us to see life like jaguars and pumas, while at nighttime we could experience nocturnal wildlife. by: Ian Yoshioka

A Collaborative Story from Our Adventure

Health in the Jungle


Our goal as the wildlife crew was to observe as much wildlife as possible. Seems simple, right? Well, in trying to do this, I learned to stop looking. The wildlife of the jungle taught me how to see and stop looking. While wading through swamps of oxbow lakes or sloshing through thick, jungle floor mud, I realized that wildlife has no obligation to perform for my camera. Despite wanting great shots to share back home, in fact, I didn’t want a performance after all. However, when I did take the time to genuinely see what was there, Mother nature blew me away with astounding beauty in moments of spontaneous awe. Those moments that stopped me in my tracks — capuchins and other monkey species frolicking through camp, the tracks of the animals unseen, sharing it with influential people — are among my most cherished memories. Even the minutes I spent simply standing still and feeling the energy of the forest, can give me the chills from thousands of miles away. When I really get down to it and try to synthesize my experience as a wildlife researcher, I am left with this thought: while I was learning to see differently, the rainforest helped me find deep tranquility. by: Christina DeJoseph

Fauna are Fun-a

En las colpas – In the claylicks


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Fauna are Fun-a

As the title suggests, the animal population of the Amazon is awesome–both in scope and fascinating variety. There is a plethora of species who make the Peruvian Amazon their homeland. Actually, to be a little more specific, there are over 10 million species of plants, insects, and animals–that we know of!–in the Amazon. Such ecological diversity is overwhelming, but also inspiring. Three of us in the the Forest Online decided to focus on learning about some of the animals in the Amazon, and we each wrote a post about the animal we selected, exploring their histories, their quirks, their importance


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“I’m keeping my eyes open for the Jaguar because this animal is the symbol of the rainforest. It lives and hunts alone, and is on the struggle in the fight for his life”

The sun rises and sets each day in the Peruvian jungle, and it is the survival of the fittest who see the dawning of each new horizon. Among this lush and vibrant expanse of green rain forestry includes the most abundant sanctuary of biodiversity on the planet. Home to over 1900 species of birds, 500 species of mammals and 300 species of reptiles, it is those that distinguish themselves among the masses that climb their ranks.

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The Way the Land Moves Us: Natural History of the Singleton-Mathews Farm

As preparation for our January trip to Peru, our class has been visiting a large property a few miles off campus owned by McDaniel College. Below, Christina, Sami, Sadie, Luke, and Dani share what they found.

Smiling tree

A group of McDaniel explorers spent the night at The Singleton-Mathews Farm in Westminster, Maryland. Sixteen of us explorers were on a mission to uncover the three secrets and opportunities that the farm has: the past, the natural history, and the future. As we woke to the gentle misting of the rain, the earth felt alive. The forest was bustling throughout the entirety of the cool night. Although, the rain made our plans feel disrupted, the natural world was not disturbed; it was refreshed through the hydration. The natural history team embraced the day and began our work uncovering nature’s story.

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