|A traditional Costa Rican ox cart.|
|Young people prepare for a dance in |
celebration of Guanacaste Day
We met the other students and instructors in San Jose, the pleasant capital city in the highlands. In the course of the next two months, our motley crew would visit the major habitats of this small but diverse central American country: the semi-dry tropical forest of Guanacaste, rain forests on the north and south sides of the country, and the mountain cloud forests and heaths of the central Cerro de la Muerte.
It was the dry season in the southwestern Guanacaste Province, so there wasn't much in the way of wildflowers. We did have fun, however, tracking the local tribe of howler monkeys.
|The howler monkeys at the Finca La Pacifica field station|
in Guanacaste were engaged in a behavioral
study of North American graduate students.
|At Finca La Pacifica , Cydista sp., a vine in the |
Trumpet Vine Family, Bignoniaceae, was blooming.
|In shady spots, an unusual sedge,|
Rhynchospora sp., with white bracts blooms.
Sedges are normally green and
wind-pollinated, but some forest species
have evolved white bracts to attract insect
|Dimerocostus, a relative of ginger in the family Costaceae.|
|A wild Zamia, or related genus in the forest at Las Cruces.|