Stories of Three Forests of Costa Rica   <br />By  Tom Davis    Loras College Biology <br />
Course:  Environmental Issues in Costa Rica<br />15 students, 1 faculty assistant<br />
12 days in the country<br />1 2  50 miles<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />San Jose <br />Palo Verde National Park<br />      (d...
1  twenty passenger bus and driver, Jairo<br />
Course Objectives<br />To gain an understanding of the ecology of 3 major forest ecosystems in Costa Rica and how they are...
Dry vs Cloud vs Wet Tropical Forest?<br />trade winds<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />
1. Palo Verde National Park<br />Tropical dry forest<br />
Palo Verde Marsh<br />
black-<br />bellied whistling ducks<br />jacana<br />Snail kite<br />Tiger heron<br />
Turquoise browed mot-mot !<br />
Invasive water hyancinth<br />
Acacia trees and acacia ants<br />
Monkeys<br />Capuchian white-faced monkeys  vs Howler Monkeys<br />
Ant Lions<br />Ant lion video<br />
2. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve<br />
Resplendent Quetzal!<br />Quetzals !<br />
Quetzal food = avacados<br />
Hummingbirds!<br />Purple throated Mountain Gem  female  (above) and male (right)<br />Violet Sabrewing<br />Green Crowned...
Tropical Forest Soil!<br />
Tarantulas !<br />
Original home of golden toad<br />
Wet tropical forest -  classic tropical rainforest<br />trade winds<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />La Selva Biological Station<...
Strangler Fig<br />
No Annual Rings !<br />
Black guan<br />Black headed trogon<br />Chesnutmandibled toucan<br />
Leaf cutter ants<br />
Montezuma’s Oorpendula!<br />
Environmental Issues:Deforestation / Cattle grazing<br />
Deforestation /Coffee Plantations<br />Sun vs Shade coffee?<br />
As good as it gets!<br />
Rechecking Course Objectives:<br />To gain an understanding of the ecology of 3 major forest ecosystems in Costa Rica and ...
Lots more to learn!<br />And lots more to see next time!  <br />Lots more to learn!  <br />And lots more to see next time!...
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  1. 1. Stories of Three Forests of Costa Rica <br />By Tom Davis Loras College Biology <br />
  2. 2. Course: Environmental Issues in Costa Rica<br />15 students, 1 faculty assistant<br />
  3. 3. 12 days in the country<br />1 2 50 miles<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />San Jose <br />Palo Verde National Park<br /> (dry tropical forest)<br />Monteverde Cloud Forest<br />La Selva Biological Station<br /> (wet tropical forest)<br />
  4. 4. 1 twenty passenger bus and driver, Jairo<br />
  5. 5. Course Objectives<br />To gain an understanding of the ecology of 3 major forest ecosystems in Costa Rica and how they are different ecologically from each other and from the typical mixed hardwood forest and prairie ecosystems that we have in the Midwest. This objective will also include identification of plants and animals in each system. <br /> To gain knowledge about the environmental threats and issues that are facing Costa Rican ecosystems now and the solutions that are being sought to reduce these problems.<br /> The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.<br />-Aldo Leopold<br />
  6. 6. Dry vs Cloud vs Wet Tropical Forest?<br />trade winds<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />
  7. 7.
  8. 8. 1. Palo Verde National Park<br />Tropical dry forest<br />
  9. 9. Palo Verde Marsh<br />
  10. 10.
  11. 11. black-<br />bellied whistling ducks<br />jacana<br />Snail kite<br />Tiger heron<br />
  12. 12. Turquoise browed mot-mot !<br />
  13. 13. Invasive water hyancinth<br />
  14. 14. Acacia trees and acacia ants<br />
  15. 15.
  16. 16. Monkeys<br />Capuchian white-faced monkeys vs Howler Monkeys<br />
  17. 17.
  18. 18. Ant Lions<br />Ant lion video<br />
  19. 19. 2. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve<br />
  20. 20.
  21. 21.
  22. 22.
  23. 23.
  24. 24. Resplendent Quetzal!<br />Quetzals !<br />
  25. 25.
  26. 26. Quetzal food = avacados<br />
  27. 27. Hummingbirds!<br />Purple throated Mountain Gem female (above) and male (right)<br />Violet Sabrewing<br />Green Crowned Brilliant<br />Green Violet Ear<br />
  28. 28. Tropical Forest Soil!<br />
  29. 29. Tarantulas !<br />
  30. 30. Original home of golden toad<br />
  31. 31. Wet tropical forest - classic tropical rainforest<br />trade winds<br />1<br />2<br />3<br />La Selva Biological Station<br />
  32. 32.
  33. 33.
  34. 34. Strangler Fig<br />
  35. 35.
  36. 36. No Annual Rings !<br />
  37. 37. Black guan<br />Black headed trogon<br />Chesnutmandibled toucan<br />
  38. 38. Leaf cutter ants<br />
  39. 39. Montezuma’s Oorpendula!<br />
  40. 40. Environmental Issues:Deforestation / Cattle grazing<br />
  41. 41.
  42. 42. Deforestation /Coffee Plantations<br />Sun vs Shade coffee?<br />
  43. 43.
  44. 44. As good as it gets!<br />
  45. 45. Rechecking Course Objectives:<br />To gain an understanding of the ecology of 3 major forest ecosystems in Costa Rica and how they are different ecologically from each other and from the typical mixed hardwood forest and prairie ecosystems that we have in the Midwest. This objective will also include identification of plants and animals in each system. <br /> To gain knowledge about the environmental threats and issues that are facing Costa Rican ecosystems now and what solutions are being sought to reduce these problems.<br />The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.<br />-Aldo Leopold<br />
  46. 46. Lots more to learn!<br />And lots more to see next time! <br />Lots more to learn! <br />And lots more to see next time! <br />Thank You!<br />
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