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Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve (2009)

The privately-owned Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve is nestled in the southern fringe of the Choco/Andean mountains in northwestern Ecuador. Cloud forests support high rates of endemism as a result of geographic isolation. Many unique flora and fauna reside in Bellavista; the reserve is also a refuge for several endangered species. Its picturesque lodge sits at 2,400 m and accommodates keen bird-watchers and researchers alike.

The entomology class spent four days in Bellavista, completing the course assignment as well as exploring the cloud forest and birdwatching.
Insects of Ecuador II
Insects of Ecuador II
Birds of Bellavista, Ecuador
Birds of Bellavista, Ecuador
Red-tailed Squirrel (Sciurus granatensis)
Red-tailed Squirrel (Sciurus granatensis)
forest trail rest stop
forest trail rest stop
Mossy forest
Mossy forest
Heliconia burleana
Heliconia burleana
Hidden Waterfall
Hidden Waterfall
Spikemoss (Selaginella sp.)
Spikemoss (Selaginella sp.)