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Costa Rica rainforest scientific program at Nicuesa Lodge.

08 Mar
Costa Rica rainforest scientific program at Nicuesa Lodge.
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica offers a unique and exotic destination for an exciting six-night educational program in March about the animals and plants of the rainforest. Celebrated U.S. scientists Howard Topoff, Ph.D. and Carol Simon, Ph.D. â€" both professors’ emeriti of The City University of New York and former Research Associates at the American Museum of Natural History â€" will be special guest lecturers at the award-winning Costa Rica eco-lodge from March 22 to 28, 2016. This will be the third year that Drs. Topoff and Simon will lead an educational travel program at Nicuesa Lodge. The husband-and-wife team specializes in animal behavior, tropical ecology and evolutionary biology. For the past 30 years, Drs. Topoff and Simon have been study trip leaders for The Smithsonian Institute, The American Museum of Natural History, Naturalist Journeys, Elderhostel, and several cruise lines. Dr. Topoff has spent over 40 years researching the social behavior of animals in Central and South America, Africa, and in the deserts and mountains of Arizona, USA. In addition to his publications in scientific journals, his popular articles have appeared in magazines such as National Geographic, Scientific American and Natural History. His research has been featured on National Geographic Television and Scientific American Frontiers. Dr. Simon specializes in ecology, behavior and evolution, principally researching the social behavior of reptiles in North and Central America. At Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, you will be surrounded by toucans, Scarlet Macaws, monkeys and other amazing wildlife in the lush rainforest and Pacific Ocean. The Costa Rica sustainable tourism eco-hotel is located on 165 acres of private tropical rainforest preserve â€" accessible only by boat on the Pacific gulf of Golfo Dulce. The area is part of an immense biological corridor including the famous Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula and the Piedras Blancas National Park â€" some of the most biologically diverse places on Earth. With expert guides, you will spend your days exploring the surrounding forests for wildlife of all forms. In the evenings, Drs. Topoff and Simon will entertain you with fascinating multimedia presentations providing in-depth insights into what you have been seeing in the field. Some of the interesting topics you will learn about include:
  • Introduction to the Rainforest of Costa Rica
  • Primates of the New World Tropics
  • Venomous Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforest
  • Butterflies of the Tropics
  • Natural History of Rainforest Social Insects
  • Bird Brains: Sensory Basis of Bird Behavior
  • Animal Coloration
  • The Evolution of Animal Communication
  • Mating Strategies of Animals
  • Introduction to Tropical Plants
Join Drs. Topoff and Simon in a week of exploration of tropical biodiversity at eco-friendly Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica from March 22 to 28, 2016. Check here for reservations in Nicuesa Lodge’s comfortable accommodations. See here how to get to Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Article by Shannon Farley
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