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Looking Forward…

Going in to this trip I expected to learn a lot about avian species, other wildlife, and birdwatching, however, I did not expect to learn so much about sustainability.  After 3 weeks in Costa Rica, I came back to the US with a different perspective on sustainability, and an increased…
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Hacienda La Ensenada

My favorite place we visited while in Costa Rica was Hacienda La Ensenada.  La Ensenada is a small lodge on a national wildlife refuge, located right on the Gulf of Nicoya in the province of Puntarenas.  La Ensenada has so much to offer! On our way to La Ensenada, it…
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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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