Costa Rica

This tag is associated with 16 posts

Orchids: The Hidden Treasure of Monteverde

MONTEVERDE – Small and soft-spoken, Gabriel Barboza leans over a fallen tree to point out a hint of greenery protruding from damp bark. Barboza, known in the small mountain community of Monteverde as “the orchid guru,” is an expert on this tiny epiphyte found only in Costa Rica. “I appreciate and love orchids. More than … Continue reading

Two solutions to cattail infestation cause other problems

By Caitlin Watters and Kelly Juric PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica – Home to more than 400 species of animals, Palo Verde National Park is slowly being taken over by an alien plant. Typha is a trouble plant that dominates the wetlands during the rainy season, destroying other plants and disrupting the wildlife that … Continue reading

First it was the Golden Toad: Amphibians at risk across the globe

MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica – Walking along dirt trails engulfed in darkness, participants at the Wildlife Refuge night tour in Monteverde have only narrow beams of light from small flashlights for guidance. On this cool July night, tourgoers are treated to sights of insects that resemble leaves, a trio of rare oil birds, and a mother … Continue reading

Making Leaps in the Lab

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica – At Palo Verde National Park, small creatures roam along the dense vegetation, hopping atop the moist soil before planting a seat on the lily pads that dot the wetlands. These common frogs are an important part of Costa Rica’s ecosystem. Over the years scientists with the Organization for … Continue reading

A day in the life of a caterpillar chronicler

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica – Dressed in a green tank top and tan cargo pants, 24-year-old graduate student Christina Bear looks ready to go. The University of Missouri-St. Louis doctoral student is in the heart of the Costa Rican wetlands at Palo Verde National Park to study plant and insect interaction. For the … Continue reading

Caterpillars as architects: Building habits may point to different species

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica –– Most caterpillars are like stubborn teenagers – their rooms are a mess. But this is not true for the Hesperiidae. Better known as “skippers” for their quick and darting flights as butterflies, Hesperiidae tend to keep their shelters clean as caterpillars. Like really clean. It’s a skipper family … Continue reading

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 28 other followers