Wednesday, January 05, 2011 6:56 PM
Today began at 6:00 a.m. with a bird walk. The weather was clear. Temperatures here in the Chilamate region have been in the 70's and low 80's. On this morning walk and around the time of our breakfast, we saw Howler Monkeys upclose, including a baby on the back of her mother. We also saw the Chestnut Mandible-billed Toucan, several different flycatchers, several hummingbirds, a Cuckoo, and many other species of birds. On our morning rainforest walk we had to navigate around a newly fallen tree system in a steady rain on very slippery loose soil. It was a fantastic example of how the rainforest recreates itself. Along our long hike, we experienced many aspects of the rainforest ecology first hand, seeing the way many species cooperate for food and to be food. In the afternoon the rain stopped and we had a great white-water rafting experience on the Sarapiqui River. Tonight we are going on a night hike to see what nocturnal species we can find. Tomorrow we will go to a Pineapple Plantation, take a boat ride on a calm section of the Sarapiqui River and take a hike in a nature preserve. We are all seeing the beauty of the biodiversity of God's creation.