Steven Dutch, Professor Emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
|The Laguna is a cutoff meander of the Tarcoles River, accessible by a muddy track.||Amazingly, there are a number of private landowners who use this road to access their holdings. In the rainy season this area is under water over the top of the truck.|
|Left: bullhorn acacia. Ants live in the hollow thorns and kill off
both animals and plants that threaten the acacia.
Below: the canopy.
|Left and below: bananas. This area was cultivated before being included in the park and there are still a lot of introduced plants here.|
|Left: the laguna.
Below: how do herons coexist with crocodiles? Very carefully.
|Left and above: Great Blue Heron
Below: Tiger Heron
|A troop of white-faced capuchins|
|Two morphos with folded wings enjoy pineapple scraps.|
|Looking out to the highway from the Research Station.|
|We can more or less forget about looking for morphos as long as this guy is prowling the compost pit.|
|Samantha Olsen goes native.|
|A melon field. Netting is used to shade the melons.|
|Above: the lagoon at Caldera.
Left: Coastal bluffs
|Left and below: the scenery is nice but it's an intensely frustrating ride since good photo opportunities are rare and fleeting.|
|Holiday lights were still up in Liberia.|
|The restaurant in Liberia had some nice wood carvings.|
|Twilight in Liberia|
|Orientation and discussion time.|
|Samantha Olsen, Jesse Berger and Phil Hahn
Below: Ghosties and ghoulies, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night.
|Above: wasp nest (they're about an inch and a half long)
|Above: whip scorpion: harmless
Below: real scorpion, not so harmless, and about three inches long.
Created 18 January 2008, Last Update 11 June 2020