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Gears have really shifted at our Upper Montane Rainforest Site. We are staying at a site within a biological reserve and which is also a sustainable trout farm. The owner, Carlos, hosts student groups in this frigid, mountainous, and beautiful landscape. Our lunch today was trout! We had only one more bird, insect, and plant census and then data analysis and final write-ups of projects. Some students are writing three papers at once! What once were meaningless or misunderstood terms like: one-way ANOVA, two-way ANOVA with interaction, regression, sample-based rarefaction curves, Fisher's Alpha, Shannon's Index, and EstimateS, are now the vernacular! Conceptual frameworks abound…this is always the most exciting moment for me (the professor). When the thinking really happens and projects stretched over multiple sites come together. 

This work is peppered with walks to the continental divide (our second walk along it, the first was in Monteverde) up to 10,000 feet (3000m) with hundred of Tapir tracks indicating a healthy ecosystem (imagine a forest hippo). Stops at the Mirador (pics below) where we could see the entire Talamanca Range and the Pacific ocean--as well as Chirripo, the highest peak in Costa Rica and one that John G. will be climbing next week! Our arrival from walks is greeted by delicious food, hot chocolate, and cookies. Lovely. 

We passed through Paramo, high elevation bog, on route to Upper Montane Forest (below).

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Gentry Transects!


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                                                         John G. with Chiripo peak behind him. 

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                                                                              TAPIR Track!

© Cardelús Updated September 2018