We arrived in La Selva Biological station and moved into our rustic cabins! It is only a mile walk from the main camp and very beautiful!  At night, however, headlamp AND flashlight as well as a large group are very necessary!

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Thanks to Northrop Grumman for the amazing swag!  We got finishing shirts, waterproof journals, water bottles and hats!

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Monkeys, iguanas, and sloths, oh my!  Our first hike was with Albert, our Costa Rican guide.  We started in a secondary growth forest where it was easy to spot toucans, an active sloth (unusual), army ants, parrots, a honey creeper (bird), woodpeckers, iguanas, and blue-jean frogs (red with blue legs)! 

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                                                                                                Toucans                                                               

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                                                            Iguana                                                          Crested Guan

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                                                       Frog                                                                  More Toucans

Across the suspension bridge we went into the research area where the classrooms, library, and dorms are.  Here we found the wild peccaries (javalinas) roam freely. 

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In the river below this wobbly suspension bridge are vegetarian piranhas.  When you throw fruit into the water, the fish swarm it and it is gone in a few seconds.  Very frightening… glad they are vegetarian!

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As we entered the more mature forest, we noticed it was a lot darker due to the taller and larger trees.  Here we saw spider monkeys, bullet ants (about 1-2 inches long), and we could hear the howler monkeys in the distance! If you have never had the pleasure of hearing a howler monkey it sounds a lot like a very loud stomach growl!

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Oh yeah, and watch out for the snakes!  This was a little dead guy but gives you an idea of why we wear our rubber boots!

 

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