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NAVC Amazon Expedition Day #9

Mt. Cotopaxi From The Quito To Miami Flight. It's The Second Highest Peak in Ecuador at 19,300-plus feet!
June 19, 2011

We managed to make the bus with time for some complimentary coffee in the lobby! The bus ride to the airport (there were 29 of us on the early run) was uneventful and we moved through baggage check and security efficiently and in plenty of time for our 6:40 AM departure to Miami. We had a nice view of Quito on the way out and then of some Andes peaks, including Mount Cotopaxi. At 19,347 feet it is the second highest peak in Ecuador and the second furthest point of land away from the earth’s center! Cool stat!

After a nearly 7-hour layover in Miami that included a 1- hour weather delay, we took off for Raleigh, and landed about 8:30 PM. All of our luggage arrived safely and we were nearly unpacked before hitting the sack about 10:30 PM.

We saw many amazing animals and plants. The following list only represents species that Diane and I observed for certain. Others among us certainly recorded many other animal and plant detections.

Confirmed Species List:

Mammals (10):
Squirrel monkey
Pigmy marmoset
Capuchin monkey
Black-mantled tamarin
Red howler monkey
Black agouti
Three-toed sloth
Sac-winged bat
Fishing (Bulldog) bats

Birds (51):
Blue and gray tanager
Chestnut woodpecker
Smooth-billed ani
Vermillion flycatcher
Russet-backed oropendola
White-winged swallow
Limpkin (call)
Pale-vented pigeon
Silver-beaked tanager
Tropical kingbird
Black-fronted nunbird
Black-faced ant thrush
Buff-throated wood creeper
Yellow tufted woodpecker
Tyrannulet (slender-footed?)
Social flyatcher
Yellow-headed vulture
Greater ani
Chestnut fronted macaw
Black capped donacobius
Yellow-rumped cacique
Red capped cardinal
Red-bellied macaw
Grey breasted martin
Double-toothed kite
Screaming piha
Many-lined aracari
Ivory-billed aracari
Russet-backed oropendula
White-throated toucan
Spangled cotiga
Crested oropendula
Squirrel cuckoo
Channel-billed toucan
White-faced nunbird
Dusky headed parakeet (distance)
Purple-throated fruit crow
Orange bellied Euphonia
Cobalt-winged parakeet
Plumbeus kite
Violaceous jay
Crown slated flycatcher
Crimson-crested woodpecker
Cinnamon throated woodpecker
White lined jacomar
Rufescent tiger heron
Crested owl
Great thrush
Shining sunbeam
Andean gull

Amphibians (12):
Hypusiboas (Hyla) geographica
Rhinella (Bufo) marina; Marine toad
Rhinella (Bufo) margaritifa
Amerega (Epibedobates) bilingua; Ruby-throated frog
Allobates femoralis
Pristimantis sp.
Pristimantis ockendeni
Dendrophryniscus minatus
Osteocephalus sp.
Enyclioides laticeps
Tupinambis teguixis
Imantodes lentiferus

Reptiles (6):
Golden tegu
Amazon forest dragon
Spectacled caiman
Arcosaura argulus
Yellow-headed Amazon River turtle
Forest anole

Whip scorpions
Dung beetles
Spiders (orb)
Community spiders
Preying mantis
Dung beetles
Walking sticks
Horse flies

Fishes (3):
Red-eyed tetras
White piranha
Black tetra

Plants of Interest:
Copal (sap burned by shamans—sweet smell)
Moral (wood used to make red/black flooring)
Iriatera palm (aka Chorta—the “everything tree”)
Vegetable ivory (a palm nut that is so white and firm that it’s carved like ivory)
Sangre de Drago (sap is used as an effective wound salve—can be purchased commercially)
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