Alto Andino Nature Tours
Resources for the central Andes and the Atacama (and some other places)
Birds, marine and terrestrial mammals, geology, history, conservation,
nature sounds, wildlife guides, altiplano fish,
deserts, useful books, multimedia.
For wildflowers and native plants: Northern Chile wildflowers & plants,
extreme alpines, cacti, resources regarding flora,
guide service flora.
Good news: 6 new
protected areas in Chile, 2 of which are along the routes of Alto Andino
Costero y Salar de Huasco, entre las 6 nuevas
áreas bajo protección
Everyone's favorite "looks like a
rabbit" Lauca rodent: Family Chinchillidae, lives in rock
piles, feeds on the bofedal very early in the morning, spends a few hours
warming with back to sun, coprophagic. The Mountain Viscacha
(Northern Viscacha), Lagidium peruanum sheds fur all year round,
which is probably why it was saved from persecution by the fur
trade. Photo copyright B Knapton Taxonomy per Mamiferos
de Chile, see below.
Bernhardson, well known author of the best Chile and Argentina
travel guides, also maintains a travel blog for the southern
Bird books and resources
Nancy Bell's bird photos
includes trip to Chile
free download: Aves
Rapaces de la Cordillera de Nahuelbuta y sus alrededores
(Chile) authors Tomas Rivas F. y Ricardo Figueroa R.
Arica y Parinacota incredible photos of Ignacio
Jaramillo, A., illustrated by Peter Burke and David Beadle.
2003. ISBN 0-691-00499-4. Also
"Aves de Chile", the
Jaramillo/Burke/Beadle fieldguide in Spanish can be obtained from Lynx
Ediciones in Barcelona.
Las Aves de Chile: by
Daniel Martinez and Gonzalo Gonzalez. In Spanish, can be obtained
of Peru (Princeton Field Guides) 2007 by Schulenberg,
Stotz, Lane, O'Neill, Parker, Brack Egg.
Juan Tassara's web site
is the best place to get up-to-date information about the
birds of Chile.
birds of Chile, by Charles E. Hellmayr.
(1932) online at
the Biodiversity Heritage Library
i descripciones de aves chilenas / por R.A. Philippi (1902)
Southern Cross Peregrine Project:
Chilean-Arctic Northward Peregrine
Where to watch birds in Peru.
Thomas Valqui. 2004. ISBN 9972-33-092-3 www.granperu.com/birdwatchingbook
Bolivia: A. Bennett Hennessey's
site. Birding site guide, Armonía Conservacion Programs updates,
research, publications, field stories. Bennett and his family live in Santa Cruz.
para el Estudio de la Fauna Paraguaya FAUNA
Paraguay, the biggest information archive on Paraguayan Natural History
on the web. Birding
Paraguay with UK zoologist Paul
Madre de Dios, Peru Rapid Color Guide
Aves Amenazados de Chile Fabrice Schmitt
Parrot without a name 1991. by Don Stap
"Amateur birder Stap analyzes the work of O'Neill and his frequent
collaborator, Ted Parker, realistically presenting both the rewards and
frustrations of zoological field work today. Much of the book is a
fascinating firsthand account of an expedition to Peru which the author
joined for several weeks in June 1987, the climax of which was the
discovery of the new parrot species of the title."
Ornithological message boards
is an email bulletin board devoted to disseminating information on the
biology of Neotropical birds.
interchange information about new registries and sightings of birds in
Recommended bird and natural history guide
for Patagonia: Ricardo
||Mammals, Marine and
para identificación de carnívoros andinos
de Chile. 2008 ISBN
978-84-96553-31-6 by Agustin Iriarte Walton 420
pp. Just what we have needed for so long, an meaty field guide on Chile's mammals.
Desert Calling: Life in a forbidding landscape
2002 ISBN 0-674-00747-6 by Michael A
de Conservación Cetacea (CCC)
Mamiferos de Chile.
A. Muñoz P., J. Yañez V, editores. 2000. Over 400 pp, paperback textbook over the mammals of Chile, in Spanish.
Mammals of Bolivia, Taxonomy and
Distribution. S. Anderson. 1997. ISSN
0003-0090 Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Number 231, New York: 1997.
Approach to Birding: A guide to understanding bird sounds.
by Mark Constantine and the Sound Approach. 2006. (Alto
Andino designated "4 star resource")
Good news, the Cornell Lab has just announced that the program is now
free. Can't beat that!
Sounds from southern South America Sonidos de aves del
Xeno-canto members share
bird songs from
Hall of Fame
Bolivia 2.0. By Sjoerd Mayer, published 2000.
Available at www.birdsongs.nl
A Natural History by Don Stap 2006
The Singing Life of Birds by Donald Kroodsma, 2005
Nature's Music The Science of Birdsong by
Peter Marler, Hans Slabbekoorn 2004
in the news: We
don't know whether to blame global warming or just avian audacity, but
flamingos have been seen lurking around Putre. Apparently sick
and tired of filtering diatoms and standing around all year in cold
water up on the altiplano, this bird in breeding plumage was caught trying to steal the
potatoes, or "papa chuños", that the villagers had laid
out to freeze dry. Just for Fun Flags and Windsocks
Birds of Chile and adjacent regions of Argentina, Bolivia, and Peru
by AW Johnson, Vol I, II, and supplement. 1965, 1967. Chock full of natural history observations that don't
seem to be included in present day bird books. In the "Birds of Chile" Johnson
included the names of the birds in Latin, English, Spanish, Aymará, Araucano, also
names from Argentina, Peru, Colombia, and any other local name he could
find, to make his
work usable by the greatest number of people.
|AW Johnson on first
seeing the giant coot in the area which is now Parque Nacional Lauca:
"Setting out next morning with the first rays of light, we reached the shores of the
lake just as the sun was rising behind the peaks and were witness to a scene of such
grandeur and beauty as, once seen, lingers for ever in the memory.
placid and asleep at the foot of the twin volcanoes which, lifting their
snow-clad caps to
over 20,000 feet, reflected their pure and crystal clear images in the tranquil waters of
the lake to which they had given birth and which owed its very existence to their
continually melting snows........Here amid this scene of awesome
immense and almost terrifying solitude, where the inclemencies of the weather in its
moments of anger are such that not a single indian is bold enough to pitch his
giant coot has taken up his abode, lives, reproduces his kind and
dies, a far cry from the
world of man......" Birds of Chile, Vol 1, 1965, pp
Wildlife Guide to Chile: Good for the whole
country, if you can bring just book to Chile then make it
of plates from NHBS. Reviews and more information from Amazon.
Interview with Sharon.
is your favourite place in Chile and why?
Lauca National Park in the High Andes of northern Chile and
Torres del Paine National Park in the south rank in the Top
Ten. These parks harbor vast reservoirs of rare and endangered
plants, birds, and mammals that live amidst incomparable
Desert Calling: Life in a forbidding landscape
2002 ISBN 0-674-00747-6 by Michael A
Aladas de Colombia, by Luis
Mazariegos. 2000. ISBN 958-33-1633-4. Hummingbirds of Colombia.
Arte de Pájaros,
Pablo Neruda, now
available from Lynx Ediciones
Birds of the High Andes: A Manual to the
Birds of the Temperate
Zone of the Andes and Patagonia, South America. by Fjeldsa and
One River: Explorations and
Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest, Wade Davis, 1996.
My season with
penguins, an Antarctic
journal by Sophie Webb, 2000.
and wildlife artist Sophie Webb writes of her 2 month stay in Antarctica
studying Adélie penguins. Looking
for Seabirds: journal from an Alaska
Voyage by Sophie Webb,
2004. Details the experiences of a seabird researcher.
A Reference Guide to Gulls
of the Americas Steve N.G. Howell and
Jon Dunn. 2007.
Ornithology: journals, organizations,
Red de Observadores de
Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile
Ornitologia Neotropical: An International Journal of Neotropical
Ornithological Research Archive Browse ornithological
journals with some, like Auk, going back to 1884.
of North America Online, a massive, useful
project by Cornell lab of
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Monday
Night Seminar Video Archive You can watch as it
occurs, online, or reference 4 years of seminars.
Ornithology Downloads from 1988 to present.
Boletín Chileno de Ornitología Bibliografía
del Boletín de Ornitología 1994-2004
of the Birds of South America parts 1-4: Keep up with the
latest taxonomy and with proposed
Checklist: Cornell Lab of Ornithology site
Journal of the Neotropical Bird Club Long live Cotinga!
Ornitológica del Plata (Argentina)
BirdLife International: News Bytes
species in Chile Chilean Woodstar
Pupfish (Killifish, Corvinilla)
ascotanensis del Desierto de Atacama
in the Lauca River
Pupfish (Killifish) Killi
Club, photos of some species in Lauca
of western South America.
Current knowledge of FW fish in Chile. Estado
de conocimiento de los peces dulceacuícolas de Chile
Hidrobiológicas en Estado de Conservación en Chile
Rapid Color Guide to fish of Parque Nacional Manu, Peru
How the Earth was
made: Mount St. Helens
All you'd ever want to know about
in the Andes and rest of the globe. We have several potentially
active and active volcanoes in Biosphere Reserve PN Lauca, and one
just above the town of Putre. Lauca's Parinacota Volcano is
higher than Mt. McKinley in Alaska.
Ten Cents War: Chile, Peru, and Bolivia in the War of the
Pacific, 1879-1884 by BW Farcau. 2000.
From Amazon: "The Atacama Desert, a coastal area where the borders
of Chile, Peru, and Bolivia meet, was a region of little interest in the
late nineteenth century until European research on the use of nitrates
in fertilizers and explosives rendered the droppings of millions of sea
birds a valuable commodity. In a move that echoed the California Gold
Rush, the three neighboring countries soon battled for control of the
in the Mountain:
A Search for the Origin of the Andes by Simon Lamb,
2004 ISBN 0691115966
a la geología y morfología de los andes en el norte de Chile
Chungara Volumen 30 No 1 1998
Evolution of high Andean Ecosystems: Environment, Climate,
and Cultural Change over the last 12,000 years in the central Andes. C
Baied and JC Wheeler, 1993
Stromatolites in Chile's extreme north, Salar de Llamara
1 Parte 2
Paisajes en extinción del Norte
Chileno Parte 1
cruise ship shore
birding Birds & Fauna:
Diademed Sandpiper-plover Giant
Andean Lapwing Andean Deer Hornby's
and Markham's storm petrels Mountain Parakeets
cushion bogs Unique places:
Volcán Isluga Putre
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