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Opening Eyes, Minds, and Hearts to Earth’s Biodiversity

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017

Roger Tory Peterson traveled the world to explore, discover, and document its flora and fauna. He applied his artistic talents to describe and illustrate plants and animals in far-away regions to make their existence known to a broad audience, while his biological observations and knowledge supported conservation efforts and helped elicit positive environmental change. Like Peterson, RTPI Director Twan Leenders likewise uses his artistic skills to increase awareness and appreciation for the organisms that he studies, both locally and abroad. Leenders is currently in Costa Rica conducting research on various tropical species with colleagues and student researchers, and we are very excited to see the fascinating creatures that he has captured on film upon his return. In the meantime, here’s an image from his last trip to Central America in 2016!

Red-eyed Leaf Frog (Agalychnis callidryas) Costa Rica
These frogs have a transparent lower eyelid, marked with a golden reticulum; this adaptation hides their bright red eyes but allows these frogs to see even when their eyes are closed.