Dave Freeman

Brazil nuts and rubber support many families living in the rainforest

We learned that Panelas, the tiny settlement we stayed in last night, spends half the year under water. During the rainy season (November to April) the Rio Roosevelt rises nearly 30 feet. The surrounding forest is completely flooded, along with shoreline farmsteads and settlements. Residents move inland and wait for the waters to recede. In …

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Animals abound on the Rio Branco

6_2_14StudentResponse(Lower) 6_2_14StudentResponse (Upper) Our first few days on the river have been full of animal encounters. We have seen over 30 macaws, howler monkeys, giant river otters, tapir tracks, many different butterflies, tons of fish and even an electric eel! The electric eel is one of the Amazon’s most amazing critters — It packs a …

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Iditarod, the Ultimate Dogsled Race Across Alaska

 3_10_14StudentResponse(Upper) 3_10_14StudentResponse(Lower) People often ask us if we have ever been in a dogsled race. Amy and I have been working with sled dogs for many years, but we have never been in a dogsled race.  The Canadian Inuit Dogs that we work with are too slow for racing. They can pull a lot of …

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Watching the Wolf Track Classic Dogsled Race

2_24_14StudentResponse(Upper) 2_24_14StudentResponse(Lower) Yesterday, instead of hooking up our dogs and going out dogsledding, we took a break and went to watch a dogsled race. The Wolf Track Classic is a 65-mile long dogsled race that starts in Ely, Minnesota.  The starting area was buzzing with activity as 65 mushers and 500 sled dogs prepared for …

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