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Strawberry poison-dart frog, La Selva Biological Station

La Selva Biological Station Birding Tour

You will be picked up at a prearranged time and driven to La Selva Biological Station which is located in the Caribbean foothills of Costa Rica and comprises 1,614 hectares (3,988 acres) of old growth and disturbed tropical wet forest.

The diversity of species here is spectacular, including more than 1,850 species of plants, 350 species of trees, 448 species of birds, and approximately 500 species of ants. With its laboratories, online Geographic Information System (GIS), Meteorological data, Herbarium, Digital Flora Database, extensive trails, and large forest reserve bordering the Braulio Carrillo National Park, La Selva is one of the world's most important sites for tropical ecosystem research.

Each year, more than 250 scientists from some 25 countries and thousands of international students come to La Selva to study tropical ecology. Major research projects focus on forest dynamics, biodiversity, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestering, and native species reforestation. Research at La Selva has led to the publication of more than 2,655 scientific articles, theses, and books.

Your knowledgeable bilingual naturalist guide will take you on an exploratory walk along some of the 35 miles of well-maintained trails. Depending on your preferences, these trails can be as easy or as demanding as you like. Walks are offered from 5.45am and each walk will last approximately two hours.

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