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Agriculture vs Nature

In Costa Rica, the environment is perfect for growing many tropical plants that can be farmed for food, timber, and many other products. The perfect mix of warm weather and rainfall all year round makes this rainforest a victim to the growing populations of the world. Many hectares of land…
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Welcome to the Jungle

This photo was taken on the first day of my Avian Biology Maymester in Costa Rica. Although it was only 3:00 in the afternoon, I had already seen so much. We had flown in the night before and were up and ready to go at 5:30 the next morning. On…
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Packing for Costa Rica

With my Spring semester finished at the University of Georgia, I had just one week before I would be departing to attend the UGA Avian Biology Maymester program in Costa Rica. This program would be my first study abroad experience therefore; I had no clue what to expect. I was…
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Preparing for the Trip of a Lifetime

There are plenty of things to know while preparing for a study abroad. From packing, to everyday activities while abroad, it is very important to know what you’re getting yourself into. For the Costa Rica Avian Biology Maymester program, in particular, I found that there are a few things that…
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The Highlight Reel

To say the least, my experience studying abroad in Costa Rica was absolutely amazing. It was truly an experience that I will never forget because of all the remarkable memories. As an Avian Biology major, you could imagine how much I enjoyed traveling to Costa Rica to study Avian Biology….
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La Selva Biological Reserve

  During our study abroad we traveled all over the northern part of Costa Rica, trying to explore all sorts of different ecosystems ranging from cloud forest to saltwater wetlands. Every place had unique species that had adapted to survive in the environment, but one of my favorite places was…
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Night Hikes in Costa Rica

Hiking was one of the most common activities during my study abroad trip. In order to find elusive birds and animals, it was often necessary to go for an hour hike, sometimes even getting off the trail for a while; however, for me the most interesting hikes weren’t through dense…
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Enjoying Food in Costa Rica

One of the things I was most excited to experience in my study abroad was the food. Costa Rica is famous for amazing fruits and homemade meals, and I couldn’t wait to try them. As soon as we left San Jose, I got to experience an amazing variety of foods…
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