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Day 2 at Corcavado National Park.

Today we went off hiking at 3:45am! We hiked through the jungle, down to the ocean and watched the sun come up. The temperature is sweltering here, but when I was watching the sun come up and shine down on the ocean I was overwhelmed with the scene of peace and tranquility. Here it is care free and “enjoy everything as it comes,” not wishing that anything will change. This ecosystem is self-sustaining and so diverse – it is incredible. There is layer and layer of life all intertwined by the tiniest details; but if one of those tiny details is altered it could have a catastrophic ripple effect in the environment. This entire ecosystem is in perfect balance, which is something that I feel is almost non-existent these days. And surprisingly, human beings are part of that balance. It is all hanging together by individual threads, but together these threads are extremely strong. I personally am just stunned by the quality of life here and the joy and kindness that this amazing ecosystem bestows on all.

-Ethan


As of Friday evening, our intrepid explorers have photographed almost 100 species of animals:

    1. Great Tinamou
    2. Great Curassow
    3. Crested Guan
    4. Spotted Sandpiper
    5. Common Black Hawk
    6. Yellow Headed Caracara
    7. White Collared Swift
    8. Charming hummingbird
    9. White tipped dove
    10. Black throated trogan
    11. Slatey tailed trogan
    12. Blue crowned motmot
    13. White whiskered puffbird
    14. Rufous tailed jacamar
    15. Pale billed woodpecker
    16. Black striped woodcreeper
    17. Chestnut backed antbird
    18. Rufous piha
    19. Tawney crowned greenlet
    20. Chestnut sided warbler
    21. Cherries tanager
    22. Alfaros’s pygmy squirrel
    23. Leaf praying mantis
    24. White nosed coati
    25. Collared peccarys
    26. Three toes sloth
    27. Golden orb spider
    28. Common rain frog
    29. Spider monkey
    30. Squirrel monkey
    31. Spectacled cayman
    32. Stingless bees
    33. Agouti
    34. Boa coinstrictor
    35. Fer de lance
    36. Jumping anole
    37. Jesus christ lizard
    38. June bug
    39. Striped whip tail lizard
    40. Red snapper
    41. Puffer fish
    42. Army ants
    43. Eciton hamatum
    44. Poisonous caterpillars
    45. leaf cutter ants
    46. Tapir
    47. Crocodile
    48. Eyelash pit viper
    49. Tailles scorpion
    50. Howler monkey
    51. Ruddy tern
    52. Magnificent frigate bird
    53. Red eyed tree frog
    54. Laughing gull
    55. White ibis
    56. Least sandpiper
    57. Spotted sandpiper
    58. Osprey
    59. Red tailed squirrel
    60. Tamandua anteater
    61. Two toed sloth
    62. Whip tailed scorpion
    63. Yellow winged damnselfly
    64. Spiney tailed iguana
    65. Black iguana
    66. Bare throated
    67. Smokey jungle frog
    68. Double toothed kite
    69. Blue butterfly
    70. Sucke footed ba
    71. White tailed deer
    72. Hermit crabs
    73. Puffer fish
    74. Crested caraca
    75. Red winged grasshopper
    76. Paraque
    77. Brown hooded parrot
    78. Black mandible toucan
    79. Black hooded ant shrike
    80. Dot winged ant wren
    81. Tiger snake
    82. Cat eye snake
    83. Eye ringed flatbilled fly catcher
    84. Bright rumped antilla
    85. Red capped manequin (Michael Jackson bird)
    86. Riverside wren
    87. Green kingfisher
    88. Ringed kingfisher
    89. Scarlet rumped cacique
    90. Baird sandpiper
    91. Red brocked deer
    92. Cane toad
    93. Green anoli
    94. Tent making bat
    95. House gecko

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