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Preparing for takeoff

It was just a few weeks before I left for Costa Rica, and I had so many emotions going through my head.  I was nervous, stressed, excited, and impatient all at once.  On one hand, I could not wait to start an awesome adventure in a foreign country.  On the…
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Head in the Clouds

Over halfway through our study abroad trip in Costa Rica we entered my favorite ecosystem I had seen so far: the cloud forest. We stayed at Monteverde, which aptly means Green Mountain. There fog is trapped among the canopy, and despite Costa Rica being a tropical country, the temperature didn’t…
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“Are we there yet?”

I’ve hiked for three hours, I’m *almost* at the top of a mountain in the jungle, and I have enough beads of sweat on my forehead to make a necklace – heck, open a jewelry store. How did I get here? Well, I started my morning on a more pleasant…
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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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