Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Costa Rica Birding

In February 2011, the Arboretum embarked on an 11-day birding trip to Costa Rica. Led by Morris Arboretum Education Coordinator Jan McFarlan and Expert Birders Ruth Pfeffer and Rudy Zamora, the goal of the trip was to discover the diverse bird habitats of Costa Rica – a country with more species of birds than the United States and Canada combined.   

Some of the most memorable stops included the Lankester Botanical Gardens with its world class collection of nearly 1,000 orchids, the Los Esquinas Rainforest Lodge Gardens located deep in the Costa Rican rainforest, and the Wilson Botanical Garden home to an amazing collection of colorful bromeliads.

Whether the group was enjoying a river boat ride through the mangroves, enjoying the view at Rancho Naturalista, or visiting the gardens of Savegre Lodge, there was always an abundance of avian friends to be seen. Of the almost 900 hundred species of birds found in Costa Rica, 200 are migrants from North America, and many of them migrate through or nest in the wetlands, meadows, and wooded areas found at the Arboretum.  It was a great experience to see some of these species in Costa Rica knowing that they would return to the Arboretum's beautiful gardens in the spring.  

Enjoy some pictures from the trip below:

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