Updated: Feb 11, 2020
The bird banding trip through Peru continues after we have finished our work in Paracas.
Like the crabs above, I will be scurrying about this week. Though I likely won’t wave my big hand to attract the ladies (the fiddler crab male uses its large claw to attract females). This is the week of the Banding Workshop, and the first true work I have to do. I am looking forward to it! This is a great opportunity to build connections with 22 future/present researchers, and grow our knowledge of bird research techniques.
Thursday we go into the Andes. I can’t describe my excitement. It’s a single vehicle road, and the bus will wind up through the valleys over 4 hours. I don’t get motion sickness, but Lewis, “Que piña!” I will take photos and videos along the way for another blog post.
Our goal is to visit CORBIDI tomorrow. This is the location where many collections and researchers are housed. I’m excited to see the collections, though living organisms would be pollo on the arroz. It’s a multi-hour public bus ride, so I am girding my loins for another adventure in the Lima transit system. Now, I do not want you to think I’m complaining. I’m not. It’s different, but different is fun! I will always pick the unusual option over the boring option.
I’m unsure how many posts I will have in the Andes. Posts will occur when time and service allow.
I want to reiterate that the lovely women here are amazing. They feed us, joke with us, and help me improve my Spanish. Tonight, they were giving Lewis and I tips on picking up Peruvian women. They informed us about the gold diggers, the drug you and take your money women, and the pretty women of Chiclayo (but they will date really old men). I’m going to stick to the method of the fiddler crab and just wave...