The compound of the Piro Research Station at dawn.
Hermits (hummingbirds with long curved bills) are the first to hit the nests in the morning.
The Brilliant Hummingbird aslo quickly sets to work on the shrub outside the cabinas.
A brilliant hummingbird in flight.
Leaf cutter ants are common in the compound.
They can quickly cut up a leaf into pieces ...
... that one ant can carry back to the underground colony, where they feed the pieces to the fungus that lives in the heart of their colony, a fungus that they then consume.
Members of the ant team (Gabby, left; Sophia, right) measure the rate at which leaves are carried back to the colony.
Butterfly team member Holly Yost has captured a morpho.
The male coati continued his mission of digging up grabs in the lawn of the compound.
Examine this carefully. It's a caterpillar on the head of a basilisk lizard.
A male anolis displaying his awesome dewlap.
After lunch we took the half mile trek through the jungle to a deserted tropical beach.
Enjoying the surf, but no deeper than ankle deep. Rip tides!
We made sure to keep our belonging high up on the beach. The tide comes in quickly.
The rocky point to the north.
The rocky point, with tide pools.
Quentin heads for the tide pools in the rocky point.
A long line of Bron Pelicans passed overhead.
Here the river that runs past the compound flows into the sea.
This brackish water pool was a safe place to swim.
Portuguese man of war jellyfish.
Empty beach stretching off to the south.
This pounding surf is another reason not to go in deeper than ones ankles.
Horses grazing on the beach.
Rains shut down the bat nets. The students stayed dry in the cabin common space before going to bed early - hot sun and sand is exhausting.
"Relaxing," however, included studying for the next plants and animal ID quiz, two nights hence.