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Loras College JTerm Course: Bio 325 Environmental Issues in Costa Rica Loras College JTerm Course: Bio 325 Environmental Issues in Costa Rica Presentation Transcript

  • Stories of Three Forests of Costa Rica
    By Tom Davis Loras College Biology
  • Course: Environmental Issues in Costa Rica
    15 students, 1 faculty assistant
  • 12 days in the country
    1 2 50 miles
    1
    2
    3
    San Jose
    Palo Verde National Park
    (dry tropical forest)
    Monteverde Cloud Forest
    La Selva Biological Station
    (wet tropical forest)
  • 1 twenty passenger bus and driver, Jairo
  • Course Objectives
    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.
    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.
    The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.
    -Aldo Leopold
  • Dry vs Cloud vs Wet Tropical Forest?
    trade winds
    1
    2
    3
  • 1. Palo Verde National Park
    Tropical dry forest
  • Palo Verde Marsh
  • black-
    bellied whistling ducks
    jacana
    Snail kite
    Tiger heron
  • Turquoise browed mot-mot !
  • Invasive water hyancinth
  • Acacia trees and acacia ants
  • Monkeys
    Capuchian white-faced monkeys vs Howler Monkeys
  • Ant Lions
    Ant lion video
  • 2. Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Resplendent Quetzal!
    Quetzals !
  • Quetzal food = avacados
  • Hummingbirds!
    Purple throated Mountain Gem female (above) and male (right)
    Violet Sabrewing
    Green Crowned Brilliant
    Green Violet Ear
  • Tropical Forest Soil!
  • Tarantulas !
  • Original home of golden toad
  • Wet tropical forest - classic tropical rainforest
    trade winds
    1
    2
    3
    La Selva Biological Station
  • Strangler Fig
  • No Annual Rings !
  • Black guan
    Black headed trogon
    Chesnutmandibled toucan
  • Leaf cutter ants
  • Montezuma’s Oorpendula!
  • Environmental Issues:Deforestation / Cattle grazing
  • Deforestation /Coffee Plantations
    Sun vs Shade coffee?
  • As good as it gets!
  • Rechecking Course Objectives:
    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.
    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.
    The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands.
    -Aldo Leopold
  • Lots more to learn!
    And lots more to see next time!
    Lots more to learn!
    And lots more to see next time!
    Thank You!