Internship Costa Rica

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Currently, I am carrying out an internship at biological station 'Tirimbina' in Costa Rica, for my second year of studying Wildlife Management. 

TRC (Tirimbina Rainforest Center) is located on the map of the National Geographic Institute west of Rio Cuarto at 522000525000 longitude and 264000267000 latitude. It is located in the community of La Tirimbina in the second district of La Virgen de Sarapiqui, Province of Heredia, Costa Rica. The property is a Private Wildlife Refuge and protects 345 hectares of mid-elevation (180-220 meters above sea level, so pre-montane) forest through which 9 km of trails pass (www.tirimbina.org, 2009).
According to La Selva Biological Field Station (Costa Rica) data, the average annual temperature is 25.3°C (78.5°F), with a maximum temperature of 30.0°C (86°F) and a minimum temperature of 20.2°C (68.36°F). The average annual rainfall is 3,777mm (11.5 ft.).

As for the landscape, the property presents moderate conditions, with a range in slope of 1025% and low undulating hills. Within the protected area, near TRCs streams and river, the hills have steeper slopes, reaching 60% (www.tirimbina.org, 2009).

The internship focusses on 3 different topics: 1) mapping different elements with GPS in the reserve, 2) studying phenology of Ficus trees and relationships with other organisms (such as birds) and 3) biodiversity and distribution of snakes in the reserve.

At this  time, I am working on the GPS project. The goal is to map every stream in the Reserve, so I have to walk through the streams and mark my location every 5 meters on the GPS. During this work, I get to see the most beautiful places in the jungle. Monkeys, toucans, kingfishers, snakes... you name it and I see them almost every day! It's great to be here!

The station also has room for a number of tourists. Allthough I don't know what the accomodations are like, I can recommend this place for almost everyone! Most of the trails are paved, so everyone is able to see the primary forest. For people who seek a little more adventure and remote jungle, there are some unpaved trails through older parts of the forest. Most tourists avoid these trails, so shy animals can be found more easily here. At night, there are guided tours into the forest. To get into the forest, you have to walk the bridge over the river, which is often used by sloths, kinkajou's or opossums. This creates a unique possibility to get some good photo's of these animals, which are normally high up in the trees!

For photo's, see http://ferdytimmerman.waarbenjij.nu . Most of you will not be able to read the text though, since they are written in Dutch. For more information, see the Tirimbina website www.tirimbina.org or just ask me!

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