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Sunday
Jun122011

Updates - Round 3 Week 8

Week 9 flew by. The nightly rains have continued so the heat remains tolerable. However, the behavior of the Motiepa group this week matched that of the Balam group last week. There were not as many intergroup encounters, but the Motiepa group traveled almost the entire length of its territory almost every day. The Motiepa group has a much larger territory than the Balam group and is located on a long incline. Although the distances we traveled each time they moved were still less than a kilometer, the hill made the journey seem hotter and longer. In addition to that, most of the traveling the monkeys did was along the small river that runs through their territory. The river is beautiful and full of cascading waterfalls (due to the inclined terrain), but following the monkeys back and forth across it as they moved along made for some wet afternoons.

Other than the monkeys, we ran into several agoutis and a coral snake this week. The monkeys also spent a couple days in a fruiting fig tree overhanging the largest waterfall in their territory, and we were able to spot a huge variety of birds, including mot-mots and toucans.

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