Day 3 – Part 2 – 07-14-17: Walk in the National Park of Tortuguero and Canal Boat Tour

After our morning birding walk this morning, we then boarded a boat and went across the river to the National Park in Tortuguero, home to an extinct volcano and an innumerable amount of species of everything living you could imagine, in all the groups of animals (reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, insects, bats…).  The pictures we were able to capture on the boat ride and in the park were spectacular. They include some of the following:

Snakes:

  • Allen’s coral snake
  • Eyelash pit viper

Birds

  • Orapendula
  • Black vultures
  • Anhinga
  • Mangrove swallows
  • Falcon
  • Frigate bird
  • Anasari (toucan relative)
  • Brown-caped vireo
  • Black corcair
  • Green macaws

Reptiles

  • Green iguana
  • Black river turtle

Amphibians

  • Poison dart frogs

Mammals

  • Howler monkeys
  • Spider monkeys
  • White-faced capuchin monkeys
  • Great white-lined bat
  • Long-nosed bat

Insects & Arachnids throughout the day – an assortment of butterflies, katydids, grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, etc.; also several really cool arachnids on the trip through the National Park of Tortuguero.

This was the most incredible day.  Students saw more animals than most groups would see in a day. Many thanks to our guide, Mark Wainwright, and Justin, our boat driver from Tortuguero, who made this experience an incredible one for all course participants.

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