Our travels around Chile have been many. We are always investigating new and historic localities for Darwin’s Frogs. We wanted to provide an idea of some of the sights we have been taking in during our field adventures.
The roads we use to get to field sites aren't kind on two wheel drive vehicles.
Often times, four wheel drive vehicles are required to get us to field localities.
Sometimes we have had to use horses to get to remote sites.
We have had to use mules to carry our gear into remote localities for longer camping trips.
Camping has allowed us to remain at remote sites for extended periods of time.
A makeshift lantern illuminates our supplies to make breakfast before dawn.
Andy is great in the field but he needs his coffee in the mornings. In the absence of coffee filters, Andy gets desperate and uses a sock. I hope it was a clean one.
Andy and Dante pose in the field for a quick shot after a great day of looking for Darwin's Frogs.
The humid temperate forests of South Chile hold amazing biodiversity.
We have been fortunate to enjoy many vines (Asteranthera ovata) in flower.
The streams we come across are beautiful.
Lush vegitation often grows right to the water's edge.
Every now and again we come across some of the aquatic inhabitants of these streams. This is a freshwater crab (Aegla sp.).
It seems like we are always working in the shadows of volcanoes.
The picturesque beauty of Chile is really unparalleled.
Andy leaves no stone unturned.
The amphibians that we have encountered have been great. This tree frog (Batrachyla antantartica) was encountered calling at night.
Great colors to Chile's Rosy Frog (Eupsophus rosae).
Alsodes igneus has a great pattern.
I had hoped that we would come across some of Chile's "False Toads" (this is Telmatobufo venustus).
Logging has been present in Chile for a long time. This is an old water powered saw mill.
Deforestation in Chile has taken its toll on local amphibians.
Much of Chile's southern temperate forests have been converted to monoculture plantations of exotic trees. These plantations have little value to native amphibians.
Logging trucks are all too common a sight in South Chile.