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Tropical Ecology

La Selva Biological Station

La Selva Biological Station

Palo Verde

Palo Verde

We learned about various interactions within different ecosystems and how these interactions or processes affect our life and the stability of the planet.  Emphasis was given to the study of the most relevant tropical ecosystems such as:  tropical rainforests, cloud forests, coral reefs, and mangroves.  Field trips to selected tropical and dry rainforests brought to life some of the issues learned through class work and readings, making for a very memorable and educational experience!

1.  La Selva Biological Station, tropical rainforest

Guided tours through the rainforest both during the day and night, identifying various bird species, frogs, snakes, peccaries, leaf-cutter ants and other species of the rainforest.  Also, plenty of free time to walk the different paths on a self-guided tour of the forest with classmates.

2.  Palo Verde, tropical dry forest

Guided tours of the different types of dry forests home to the Palo Verde reserve.  We saw horses and cattle in the savannah-like plains and hiked up through a limestone forest to see monkeys, watch for birds, and get a fantastic view of the plains and river below!

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