FRUGIVORES IN THE FORESTS OF COSTA RICA (2018)
For our 10th student expedition, we spent spring break 2018 in Costa Rica! We were guided by Earthwatch scientists as we learned how frugivorous birds utilize different functional groups of fruits and the important role of the birds in seed dispersal and habitat maintenance and restoration. Students learned about the complexities of field data collection and perfected their binocular skills in order to spot small birds foraging for fruits. We also had presentations from other scientists, learning about habitat fragmentation and its effect on hummingbirds.