Members and volunteers of the San Vito Bird Club band and take measures of mist-netted birds they’ve caught at Finca Cantaros in 2013.
Jason and Alice work with students (Kela, Tali and Ashley) and the owners of Finca Cántaros during some bat mist netting.
Jason, Tali, Gail, and Ashley record bat data
Tali examines the bat for parasites
Alice and Kela measure bats
Jason prepares to release a bat with Gail and Harry, owners of Finca Cantaros
Alice sadly releases a bat
Photography release of bats isn’t easy; Alice attempts to release one here, but it only flies off after my flash ran out of juice.
From Finca Cántaros, Duval, Alice, and Jason sit and view San Vito
San Vito, the closest town to Las Cruces, was settled primarily by Italian coffee growers. Now, there is much less coffee production, but there are still a good number of farms. At Finca Cántaros, an American-owned plot and tourist attraction between Las Cruces and San Vito, there is a small plot where coffee and a few other agricultural plants are grown. I realized I didn’t have any photographs of coffee trees… so here goes.
More coffee berries
Part of a Cecropia leaf.
Ant colonies live and feed around the hollow stems
The ants rush out to protect their host plant
The ants pack a nasty sting.
Upon disturbing the leaves, Azteca ants rush out to protect their host plant, which provide food and shelter for them. I’ve posted a little about Cecropia before here and here.
Jason and I were a bit more successful at capturing the release of this large, nectivorous (?) bat.