The Chesapeake Semester team rose early before sunrise to get a closer look at the guano birds from the research blinds that dot the edge of the reserve as they start their morning flight to feed. These nests are carved out of the guano. The nests can be as close together as 3 per square meter.
The Chesapeake Semester travelledd through Punta San Juan, a protected area in southern Peru that is a sanctuary for Humboldt penguins and other wildlife. There, students helped at a biological research station studying birds and mammals and learned about currents, fisheries and ecosystems.
Traversing Peru from West to East: The Chesapeake Semester team has gone from the desert coast at Punta San Juan by bus to the Upper Andes in Cusco by plane, to the Cloud Forests of Machu Picchu by train and foot. Now they arrive by plane and boat to the Amazonian jungles of Tambopata National Reserve for a three night stay.
The Chesapeake Semester team didn’t stay in Lima long. The team was up before day-break and on the road heading south to UPHC-CSA’s biological research station at the Guano Reserve in Punta San Juan. Before arriving they would stop in the town of Paracas to visit the Ballestas islands—one of the many guano islands that dot Peru’s coast—as well as an anchoveta reduction factory to learn more about the commercial harvest and processing of the 4 inch fish.