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Winter in the Rainforest

As winter settles in on the Midwest, dramatic changes are everywhere. Leaves have fallen off the trees; a brisk, frigid wind sweeps through the streets. In the morning, plants, trees, and buildings are pale and sparkly with the frost that descends at night. The pace...

Beautiful Orchids of Wayqecha

Wayqecha is home to over 200 species of orchids, many of them still not yet described by science. The video below by researcher Edward Hurme is a beautiful collection of common orchids in bloom. Orchids one of the most diverse family of plants on Earth with at least...

What are Superfruits and Where Do They Come From?

You may have noticed the increased advertising of açaí berries at numerous juice companies. Foodies and nutritionists around the world are beginning to praise açaí berries and caja fruits, calling them “super foods” because of their high nutritional power. Both açaí...

Hundreds of New Species Discovered

The World Wildlife Fund reports that at least 441 new species of plants and animals have been discovered in the Amazon rainforest in just three years. The species include  258 species of plants, 84 fish, 22 reptiles, 18 birds and one new mammal, plus countless insects...

A Few Trees Rule the Forest

The Amazon rainforest is such a rich repository of fascinating wildlife and plant species that scientists are still in the process of discovering what it contains and how it all fits together. Because of its massive size, the forest could only be studied piece by...