Sierra de Tuxtla, 9 mi NE Santiago Tuxtla, Veracruz

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The Moore Lab joins an enthusiastic group of local bird monitors trying to protect a lowland tropical forest remnant in the Tuxtla region of southern Veracruz, Mexico. Their site, an isolated rainforest fragment clinging to the side of a volcano, was visited by Chester Lamb in the early 1950s. The group walks in Lamb’s footsteps along a volcanic river bed, resighting toucans, parrots, and eagles that have managed to hang on despite forest clearing. Threats to birds are obvious as the group encounters illegal trapping for the pet trade.

Expedition Journal

Read about the Moore Lab's travels to the land of witchcraft where they find themselves exploring a forest remnant on the side of a volcano where Chester Lamb walked 80 years before.


Learn More

See scans of Chester Lamb's field notes from the Tuxtlas site, as well as associated historical media and links to modern resources.



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