Overview

From the mountainous tropical forest in San Luis de Monteverde to the pastures and forests along the coastal community of Puerto Jimenez in Costa Rica, you will join the research team to investigate how threats to bees and butterflies will affect the critical pollination services they provide.

More than three-quarters of the world’s crops depend on pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These animals provide essential ecosystem services and play a crucial role in the production of many fruits and vegetables. But a changing climate, pesticide use, and habitat loss or degradation threaten pollinator communities, although the full impact of these threats is not well understood. For example, warming temperatures could force pollinator species to shift their ranges to higher elevations, which could impact agricultural production, or it could be that a changing climate will cause these species to disappear altogether.

One way to mitigate the effects of climate change is by planting “agroforests” – or forests that grow in pastures around or among crops – that could benefit pollinator communities. As part of this expedition, you will work with local communities to plant trees to create agroforests, which could not only help pollinator communities, but could provide livelihoods for low-income families in the region.

In both locations – San Luis de Monteverde and Puerto Jimenez, you’ll stay in comfortable shared bedrooms located at the research station.

Each site will have a cook who will prepare all meals for the research team. You will enjoy typical Costa Rican fare, including rice, beans, vegetables, and poultry or beef. Most days will include bag lunches, while breakfast and dinner will be family-style sit-down meals.

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