The Peruvian Amazon
Why now: Drone lovers take note: Rainforest Expeditions has just launched a new Wired Amazon project in the Peruvian Amazon that lets everyday "aero-botanists" fly drones over the canopy to help collect data on native flora and fauna. You can then log-on to the project website back home and continue working remotely as a citizen scientist.
What to see: The Wired Amazon project takes place in the Tambopata National Reserve, a 5,800-square-mile protected area south of Puerto Maldonado created in 1990 to protect the forests adjacent to the rivers Heath and Tambopata. The area is rich in biodiversity, with opportunities to view 90 species of amphibians, 103 species of mammals, and more than 1,300 types of butterflies.