Foja Expedition 2008

Six wired female bird in Foja Mountains, Papua New Guinea. © Bruce Beehler
A female six-wired bird-of-paradise found in the Foja Mountains on the 2008 expedition.
© Bruce Beehler

Follow along with the expedition team as Bruce Beehler recounts their adventures in the Foja Mountains.

Introduction to the Foja Mountains Expedition

After a rough journey, the expedition teams arrived safely in the Foja Mountains on November 6, 2008. But there is more trouble ahead. Read the full dispatch >>

First Dispatch from the Field:
Kwerba Village, Sarmi District, Papua Province, Indonesia
November 6, 2008

This morning, the helicopter Bell 412 lumbered down onto the grassy Kwerba airstrip as the mist began to burn off and the sun began to make its presence felt – we were just a couple of degrees south of the Equator.  Read the full dispatch >>

Second Dispatch from the Field
November 7, 2008

The river level was down this morning, so we could dry our wet things in the morning sun and do some wildlife watching.  The wildlife was abundant and unwary.   Read the full dispatch >>

Third Dispatch from the Field
CI Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia, United States
November 22, 2008

The RAP mountain team recently called in by satellite phone, from the Bog Camp in the Fojas. They note that field work has gone well and the team has been very productive of the past two and a half weeks. Read the full dispatch >>

Final Dispatch – Wrap-up

In spite of relentless bad weather and difficulties of  transportation, the Foja II RAP wrapped up ten days ago with some stunning achievements and, overall, is quite pleased with the scientific results.  Read the full dispatch >>


See the region of Indonesia that continues to delight and surprise with its pristine biodiversity and novel species.
Foja Expedition Team
There are a total of 17 scientists in the field, supported by 30 field naturalists from the Kwerba and Papasena villages.
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