It was an early Sunday morning when we set off. The sun was just beginning to break through the greenery of the coastal forest surrounding us, as we walked towards our first trail for the day. High in the trees we could hear birds singing and cicadas buzzing, and...
Saludos from Jalova! We just wanted to tell you a little bit about the exciting 24hr survey we carried out from 7pm on the 27th of September till 7pm on the 28th of September. We organized this 24hr survey in order to raise funds to purchase solar panels for the...
New volleys have arrived! with wonder in their eyes and new friends at their sides. A warm welcome was had at Jalova in the middle of Tortuguero National park, and we’re not even talking about the temperature! We have just arrived, but we already feel like...
Tortuguero National Park includes 18 miles of protected beach between the Tortuguero River and the Jalova River. The tides here are strong enough to uproot vegetation and produce a powerful riptide. Unfortunately these tides also deposit large amounts of garbage on...
So, I've saved enough to cover my bills and mortgage then saved enough for my airfare and project costs, then I leave behind my partner, job and home and now I'm waist deep in swamp water, mosquitoes buzzing round me. I'm really glad I came. I'm not quite double...
Yesterday I did a 'jagwalk' – this survey is a 15 mile walk on the beach (in crocs on soft sand) in the sun with temperatures of above 30°C – needless to say I take a great deal of pride in having completed it, not only because it was a great accomplishment of...
While living at Jalova, you witness an abundance of wildlife both big and small. Not all of this wildlife, however, is found on the daily forest and bird boat surveys. In fact, some of my best wildlife stories happened while hanging out on base. To begin with, there...
Its dark as I lay in my bunk. Morning hasn’t broken. The birds have yet to sing. I close my eyes thinking of yesterday’s surveys. Colours burst across my mind’s eye. I see pink and yellow eyelash palm pit vipers, collared aracaris, summer tanagers, red eyed tree...
The Jalova base camp is located in one of the Earth’s biodiversity hotspots. I can step out of my dorm to be greeted by any number of fascinating species, and always present is the camp’s resident cockerels - the colorful and charismatic Aztec kings (montezuma...
After three months in Jalova, it starts feeling like home. You’ve adopted some ‘jungle routines’ and become less suspecting when capuchins drops fruits on the roofing of the dining room. More often than not however, the next day will have surprises lurking around the...
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