We gathered in Philadelphia Airport for the beginning of our journey to Costa Rica.
We'll be reaching our field site late (after midnight), so we need to eat enough in the airport to carry us through to breakfast.
Learning how to identify Costa Rican organisms is an important part of the course (1/4 of the grade). So students use every spare moment (even when eating) to study the six field guides to Costa Rican creatures.
Usually we take the initial quiz on the And our late arrival in Costa Rica means that
Eat and study: much to get done before the flight to Atlanta.
There's a Field Guide to Plants too. Plants matter.
Jess agrees that plants are important too.
In past years, students took their first quiz on the guides after we arrived in Costa Rica. But our late arrival this year means that they'll take the quiz during our connection in Atlanta.
Not your usual classroom, but worked well enough.
Taking a quiz on the field guides beats watching the news.
Our second flight, departing Atlanta, dropped us in Liberia, CR at 9:37 pm CST. Once through Customs, we crammed into a mid-sized tourist bus and headed south for Palo Verde.
The first half of our two hour bus trip was on the modern Pan American Highway. But then we turned off onto narrow dirt roads that brought us to the Palo Verde Biological Station a bit after midnight.