Costa Rica, A Naturalists’ Paradise
Presented by Sonya Vickers
Wednesday October 18, 2017
Tollman Auditorium, Springfield Science Museum
Did you see the announcement for the April trip to Costa Rica? At our October meeting, Sonya will describe some of the opportunities for naturalists to explore this very diverse ecosystem. She has visited Costa Rica many times and has photographed and studied its tropical biology, shaped by the geology of the country. This Central American country just north of Panama is less than 100 miles wide from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Costa Rica, the size of West Virginia, has more species of birds than all of North America and, though occupying only 0.1% of the land mass of the planet, has 5% of Earth’s biodiversity. The country has a strong democracy, ranks higher than the United States for literacy rates, and offers free health care and education through college. A leader in conservation, Costa Rica has set aside 25% of its land for National Parks. The country has set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2021. Only 8 degrees north of the equator, Costa Rica has temperatures much less extreme than they are at home, ranging from the high 60s to the low 80s year-round. Costa Rica never gets as hot as Florida, nor as cold! Join Sonya for this program, featuring her photographs of this biodiverse tropical paradise.