Page 16 - The Hoot April, 2013

| The Hoot
April 2013
Seven William Woods biology students
spent their spring break studying in Costa
Rica. They wrote blogs and journals on their
adventures and findings.
By Haley Hinze
with excerpts from
Students often spend weeks, even months, planning their
spring break trips. Seven William Woods students did the
same amount of planning, but not for a beach vacation.
Kelly Abernathy, Katey Bilsky, Cat Fuhs, Alora Haney,
Allyson Hawkins, Julia Peairs, Stephanie Walker and
William Woods professor Robin Hirsch- Jacobson spent their
week in Costa Rica, studying various fields of biology in the
middle of the action. Their endeavors were recorded (when
there was Internet access) in a series of blog entries:
March 9:
We had an early start, meeting at 1:45 a.m. Friday
morning. After a smooth travel day and plenty of naps on
the plane everybody was excited to arrive in San Jose, Costa
There were a couple hours to explore the property at Hotel
Aeropuerto where we had the opportunity to enjoy some
tropical flora and climate. Everyone was excited to see the
buttressed roots.”
Today we are making a stop at Braulio Carrillo before
continuing on to El Zota. Hopefully the internet will work
there so we can post additional updates. We are all happy,
safe, and excited for the rest of the trip!”
March 12:
So much has happened in the past few days. We
heard four different owls on our owl walk, and two potoos.
We even saw a Black and White owl swoop down and
capture an insect flying around a light at the station. We’ve
seen all three monkey species around the station (Mantled
Howlers, White-faced Capuchins, and Geoffroy’s Spider
monkeys), which has been awesome (aside from the 5 a.m.
wake-up call of the howler monkeys).
Today, we split off into smaller groups and went out to
different trails around the station to collect data for our
individual taxonomic groups. We have all been very lucky
to find a variety of species, including a hog-nosed pit viper,
chestnut-mandibled and keel-billed toucans, and white tent
bats (we discovered them the first day, and this group has
continued to return to their same leaf tent; they will use this
leaf to roost until it dies in a couple days).”
We just returned from a night hike through the forest, and
were fortunate enough to startle a tapir that was foraging
close to the trail! Somehow, we managed to sneak up on it,
but as soon as it caught our scent, it went crashing off loudly
though the forest so fast we weren’t able to catch a glimpse,
but Israel, our guide, told us we were lucky to even get that
close. We also saw a red-eyed tree frog and another type of
tree frog that is very rare to see.”