I left frozen England at the beginning of January with slight trepidation but mostly excitement at the prospect of spending the next 6 months in the Costa Rican rainforest. Just three flights, a fairly big ocean and a night in San Jose stood in my way. Although my journey did not go without a hitch and included; being chased by sniffer dogs at the airport (note to self never leave your bag next to the dog bed the night before you travel) and the most white knuckle plane ride I have ever been on! When I touched down in Puerto Jimenez I was thankful to be back on solid ground and excited to meet our Principal Investigator Beatriz and Project Manager Alex. After a bumpy collectivo ride I finally made it to camp!
My first few weeks have been a whirlwind I already feel like I have done so much and seen so much and I still have the best part of six months left! The wildlife comes right to our front door with monkeys regularly seen swinging through the trees in camp and last week an armadillo was even seen snuffling around. So there is even more to see on surveys and patrols!
I have already had so many favourite moments since being here it’s impossible to name just one. Seeing a Green Turtle digging her nest one evening and releasing baby hatchlings the next morning was a standout moment for me. The huge abundance of biodiversity here is truly amazing, I have seen all four species of monkeys, coati, agouti and numerous birds and reptiles! On every forest walk I have been on I have been lucky to see multiple species if this luck continues I think I’ll have a very happy six months here!
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