Our stay at Rancho Margot has been incredible. The food and hospitality was unsurpassed, and learning about the workings of a sustainable farm was very impactful on students. In addition, students had project time to work on their various projects, as well as to deploy field technology to monitor wildlife and do a biodiversity assessment. Cameras used included motion-activated and thermal cameras, which were used to view hummingbirds, bats, and insects. Assessment of data collected will be completed later in the trip, and pictures of anything collected will be posted at that time.
Today we head to Monteverde, which is about a 3.5 hour bus ride, further north and west of here. There our first stop will be at the Monteverde Institute (MVI), where we will connect with the MVI Director, Debra Hamilton as well as other faculty and staff including our friend and colleague Fern Perkins, and Course Coordinator, Estela Coghi. The course could not have run without the help of all the MVI staff, so we are very grateful for their support, and are looking forward to connecting in person.
All course participants are having an incredible time, and all are safe and well. We hope families and friends are enjoying our blog posts and pictures.
Pictures of our day in Monteverde to follow.