The Amazon Rainforests of Yasuni National Park, Ecuador and its world record biodiversity face an uncertain future at the hands of oil extraction! more info here
Phyllomedusa vaillantii, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Eleutherodactylus aureolineatus, new canopy species, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Orchid, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Maxus road bridge crossing Tiputini river, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Synapturanus rabus, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Owl moth larvae, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Dendrobates ventrimaculatus, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Rio Tiputini, Ecuador
Hyla fasciata, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Eumastid grasshopper, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Physalaemus petersi, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.
Tiputini Biodiversity Station, stairs from Rio Tiputini leading up to the station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador
Dipsas catesbyi, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini Ecuador.
T A D P O L E
Tropical Amphibian Distribution and Population Operation for Life-saving Efforts - is a non-profit organization dedicated to informing and educating the public regarding our obligation to protect and preserve the Amazon’s amphibian species.
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The recent detection of the deadly amphibian disease, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (amphibian chytrid fungus), by TADPOLE researchers and colleagues in Amazonian Ecuador has us very alarmed. This pathogen is already responsible for widespread amphibian deaths and likely extinction of several species elsewhere on the planet. We currently don't know what impact, if any, this disease has had in the Amazon. However, this study was initiated as a result of the discovery of a symptomatic frog at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in eastern Ecuador on the border of Yasuni National Park. We need your support to continue our monitoring efforts here and elsewhere in Amazonia. Please donate today by clicking the link above.
Researchers with the TADPOLE Organization contributed to a new study published this week in the journal PLoS ONE. The study finds that Yasuni National Park in Ecuador is home to the most diverse array of plants and animals in South America and possibly the planet.
- Ecuador’s Yasuni Biosphere Reserve: a brief modern history and conservation challenges
- TADPOLE researchers publish a new study documenting the first detection of the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus in amphibians of the Amazon
- TADPOLE received a generous donation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car and their employees in Austin, Texas
- Oil and Gas Projects in the Western Amazon: Threats to Wilderness, Biodiversity, and Indigenous Peoples
- TADPOLE researchers publish new technique for sampling amphibians and reptiles in the canopy bromeliads
Track Available (click to download)
researchers describe new species of canopy dwelling frog of the genus
MAY 2007' HELP SAVE YASUNI NATIONAL PARK
to not devolop the ITT oil field in Yasuni National Park by Ecuadorian
President Rafael Correa
researchers publish ecological findings on the new species, Eleutherodactylus
research contributes to a unique new species description
JULY -AUGUST 2006'
researchers conduct a fourth season of surveys at the Tiputini Biodiversity
Station - Yasuní N.P., Ecuador
Since our last visit, development along the Maxus road in Block 16 has increased noticeably. Our research team witnessed significant deforstation and development in the short time between entering and leaving the field site along the road. An unprecidented amount of boat traffic and trash was seen in the Tiputini River as oil exploration activity downstream increases. The Chinese oil consortium, Andes Petroleum, is conducting 3D seismic testing in Block 14 which is within Yasuni National Park. They have established a base camp in the park and flagging tape can be seen along the river where entrances exist to the transect grid. Helicopter traffic was also a daily occurrence. In our four years of working in the region we have never observed near this level of disturbance.
Huge Victory for Yasuni! Petrobras road cancelled by Ecuadorian government!
WAORANI REJECT CORRUPT CONTRACTS WITH FOREIGNER
- Widespread amphibian extinctions from epidemic disease driven by global warming - Global warming may cause widespread amphibian extinctions by triggering lethal epidemics, a new study reports. See National Geographic report, too.
- Petrobras Road Halted by Ecuadorian Government - the Ecuadorian Environment Ministry has halted the construction of a new oil road by Petrobas into Yasuni National Park and the Huaorani elect a new, anti-oil government.
-Yasuní Rainforest Campaign - Save America's Forests - the most biodiverse forest in the world. A must visit for current information on the plight of this unrivaled forest. Check out this site and view the slide show which illustrates the immense biodiversity of Yasuni, and the looming threats from oil development. With oil maps and pictures of animals and plants.
top biologists say new oil road threatens one of world's richest rainforests
Oppose Road Planned by Oil Company in Ecuador Park
Oil Road Near Yasuní Park Found By Satellite
- Save America's Forests Press Release about scientist letters and oil development threatening Yasuni Park and World Biosphere Reserve.
Scientists Oppose New Oil Road in Ecuadorian Amazon
-Scientists Concerned for Yasuní draft an open letter and technical report to the Presidents of Ecuador and Brazil and to the President of PetroBras detailing their opposition. With expertise in Amazonian primates, mammals, birds, plants, amphibians, satellite remote sensing, anthropology, economics, and other fields, a total of 59 scientists have signed on to the letter. Coming from Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Scotland, Spain, and the United States, the scientists have recommended that Ecuador enact a law prohibiting road building to extract oil in its national parks and called on the implementation of roadless "offshore" drilling model in Yasuní for all oil extraction. See the letter and technical report here - english(pdf) or spanish (pdf).
- Global Amphibian Assessment released, more than one-third of all known amphibian species are threatened - see www.globalamphibians.org
- TADPOLE attends and presents at:
The 2nd Annual Ecuador Tropical Forest Research and Education Conference: Yasuní Day
Mindo, Ecuador Oct. 11-13
TADPOLE researchers presented the following:
Toward a GIS Model of AmphibianDiversity, Distribution and Density in Amazonia: Work from Yasuní National Park.
To see the presentation in Powerpoint or PDF click here.
During the conference, a working group was created to present the scientific communities findings on the biodiversity of the park. This group of concerned scientists hopes to limit further damage to the park and the incredible ecosystem contained within it's boundaries.
- New TADPOLE board member - Paul Herbertson, MSc., King's College London, GIS specialist
- Collaborative relationship with King's College London, MSc. student - Paul Herbertson and Dr. Mark Mulligan to create a GIS Model for amphibian distribution, density and diversity
-TADPOLE and B Environmental Art Studios with Friends holds one-day fundraiser to support summer research expedition. More than $ 3,000 raised.
- TADPOLE recieves official recognition from the Internal Revenue Service of satisfying the terms of the advance ruling and becomes a recognized 501(c)(3).
- Second field season at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station
- Initial field season at the Tiputini Biodiversity Station
- TADPOLE established as 501(c)(3) Non-profit Organization and recieves advanced ruling from the Internal Revenue Service
last updated: July 2007'
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