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I - Introductory

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 This practicum will pair students with staff of Osa Birds, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting birds and their habitats on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. It is part of a three-credit expeditionary program in neotropical field ecology and conservation. Students will first learn about Osa Birds’ approach to the conservation of native bird species, which is based heavily on encouraging collaborations among different stakeholders at the local and national level. Students will then actively participate in several applied research and education projects that are currently underway in the small communities of Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre and Rancho Quemado, such as avian monitoring, seed collection for a local nursery, plant phenology work in the field, and work at Rancho Quemado’s elementary school vegetable garden. Evaluation will be based on level of engagement in community projects and their performance on a final paper that reflects upon this experience in relation to current concepts of and approaches to conservation biology in the neotropics.


Co-enrollment in ES2035 Introduction to Tropical Field Ecology and MD1016 Seeing Tropical Ecology through the Arts, and permission of instructor.  

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