This website/blog is dedicated to showcase the adventures of Dr. Don Rodriguez and Dr. Allison Alvarado’s 2018 Costa Rica Class.
The group left campus around 5:30 am on Thursday, March 15 for their very long travel day. The group flew off around 10am for their layover in Houston, Texas. Their travel day was finally put to rest when they arrived at Playa Grande Surf Camp around 11pm, local time.
Friday, March 16
A group met for a morning birding session at 5:30am. This boat ride on the estuarary was all about becoming familiar with Costa Rica’s unique ecosystem. This birding session was an introduction to the many bird watching trips coming up in the next few days.
Jerry led a field work preparation workshop at 9:30am. Students were able to use new forestry and data collection techniques that they don’t usually use in class. These students all work hard in the classroom so they can finally apply their knowledge in the field. This preparation is essential for the students so everyone is readily prepared for their individual research projects.
With the temperature in the 90s and the sun beating down on the group, it was time for everyone to head back to Playa Grande Surf Camp for lunch.
The first field work session started immediately after lunch. Students split up into groups focusing on mangroves, micro-plastics, vegetative curtain, crocodiles, and birds.
The group assembled together for a CI/UNA family dinner at 6pm and the first group picture was taken.