Discover amphibians in spectacular cloud forests, Guatemala. Community Cloud Forest Conservation
Day 1: Leave Guatemala City by private bus after breakfast. We will travel into the central highlands of Coban, Guatemala on a spectacular journey through luscious forest and cactus filled dry thorn scrub. The journey will take approximately six hours. We will arrive at CCFC in time for a late lunch.
After lunch, we get settled in and we will spend the afternoon getting oriented with our surroundings. In the late afternoon and evening we will take our first forays into the forests close to camp and explore the nearby mountain stream.
Day 2 through 13: After a hearty breakfast the expedition will begin in earnest. We will be spending as much time as possible exploring the various habitats in the vicinity of our camp. As well as the mysterious cloud forest found at the highest elevations, we will be searching for reptiles and amphibians in pine oak forest, regenerating forest, and various agricultural lands. By doing this we will be able to create the initial species list for this locality as well as complement existing work that is focussing on the effects of agricultural practices on the bird assemblage in the area. Target species include black-eyed treefrogs (Agalychnis moreletii), Muller’s mushroom-tongue salamander (Bolitoglossa mulleri), the aboreal alligator lizard Abronia fimbriata, and the pitvipers Bothriechis aurifer and Cerrophidion godmanni.
Day 14: After breakfast we will leave CCFC and the cloud forest by private bus and return to Guatemala City. We will arrive in time for a late lunch. In the evening we will have the chance to meet for a final meal before heading home the following day.