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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: Bellavista
Insects of Ecuador: Bellavista
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.)