Hallelujah! I get to spend a week in lowland rainforest at the wonderful Sani Lodge, located adjacent to Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park! I leave on October 31st, flying first to Quito, and then heading to the lodge by way of Coca and the Rio Napo. I’ll be gathering binaural soundscapes to be used in a movie about bird biodiversity and conservation. What’s more, I’ll be accompanied by my good friend Carl Gerhardt, a well-known frog research biologist who is now a budding film-maker. We plan to have a jolly good time!
I’m actually part of a scouting team that will scope out possibilities at the lodge. At a later time this winter (not their winter), a team of crack birders will arrive and do a “big day” bird count which will be documented by the cinematographers. The movie will not only cover bird biodiversity, but will also address conservation issues such as oil extraction and logging.
The Ecuadorian rainforest is the most biologically diverse in the world. As pointed out in a recent blog post by team member Kevin Siegert, “2,274 species of trees and bushes have been identified, over 550 birds species are on the Sani Bird List, making it one of the highest lists in the world. 80 species of bats, the second highest number ever registered. 105 species of amphibians, 83 of reptiles, 64 species of social sting-less bees, also a world record in this group. 100,000 species of insects per hectare, again the greatest number of species of any place ever studied.”
I am so excited about the trip! There is wireless at Sani Lodge, so I’m hoping it will be fast enough to post some of the results … at least text and photos, but hopefully also some sound recordings. I’m also buying a brand new iPhone (maybe even the XS Max), with the idea that I will do some V-logging as well.
My return date is November 10. At that time, I’ll drum up a blog post or two and maybe even a podcast featuring recordings from my trip. So please stay tuned!
Sani Lodge, here I come!
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I love your project Lang! 🙂 Great work! I am ecuadorian ecoacoustitian and have been many times at Sani. Your narration and recordings show exactly the sound experience there. Congratulations! Please visit our project (it´s in Spanish tho, soon in English too), an artistic project based on the soundscape experience of Yasuni. https://vocesdelbosque.wordpress.com/blog/
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I’m really looking forward to what you discover. I was lucky enough to travel into the Yasuni a few years ago and it was a trip of a lifetime. Can’t wait to hear your soundscapes!
coming very soon!
wishing you safe travels.. Can’t wait to hear the wonderful things you record. Sounds like a wonderful adventure. ENJOY!!
Amazing! I am quite jealous. Have an excellent adventure Lang and I can’t wait to hear what you document.
Thank you Chris … I will be over my head in the rainforest by Saturday!
Can’t wait to hear what you record ! Exciting!!
Have a great trip lucky you can’t wait to hear how you get on keep safe
Thanks Trish … two days until liftoff!
oh wow, how exciting. no doubt, it will be an adventurous trip for you. My daughter visited peru a few years back and loved it. you both inspire me to look beyond the obvious. enjoy lang!!!
I really look foward to experiencing a “jungle immersion”. Given that I won’t recognize hardly any of the sounds, I’ll instead concentrate on the aesthetic quality of the various soundscapes I encounter. I rather like the idea of being free to just listen, without having to identify anything.
Safe travels! I had no idea that Ecuador was so biodiverse~~thanks for sharing all the data. So looking forward to see what you return with! Be safe.
Very exciting, Lang! I hiked in that area 40 years ago, though I imagine it is very different now and with better services than back then. I remember seeing an enormous Harpy eagle and hearing a jaguar passing under our sleeping platform -yikes! Don’t drink the water! 😀
Eliza: Don’t worry … I won’t drink the water (only bottled water). I would absolutely love to get sounds from a Jaguar.
have good trip and don’t forget to vote!
Have a tremendous trip Lang! I’ll look forward to hearing about your adventure in addition to the excellent listening I am sure you will capture (when the power generators are turned off). Enjoy!!
Have an awesome time, Lang!
Awesome is the word!
Sounds like this will be an amazing trip Lang! Can’t wait to hear how you get on!
Thanks Colin … I hope to get many splendid recordings, as long as there’s not too much noise from the nearby Rio Napo. The trail systems available to me are all within three miles of the river, and know there will be boat traffic, but hopefully not at all hours.
Yeah I guess it’ll be challenging, but I’m sure you’ll get some great recording opportunities! Look forward to hearing more in the coming weeks!