Costa Rica: Avian Biology

From the Caribbean lowlands of La Selva to the cloud forests of Monteverde, you’ll see about 400 of the more than 850 migrant and native species of birds that Costa Rica has to offer.
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About the Program

During this two-week field course, students will hike trails and encounter hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects while experiencing rainforest, cloud forest, dry forest, coastal and volcanic ecosystems. Students will also gain an appreciation for sustainable agriculture, conservation, climate change and the Costa Rican culture.

In this study abroad course, students will have the following unique experiences:

  • Visit an active volcano
  • Tour coastal mangroves and freshwater marshes by boat
  • Horseback ride through a working, ecofriendly cattle farm
  • Hike the continental divide

Students will return from this two week adventure with an expanded world view, an understanding of Costa Rican culture, and a yearning to learn more about locally found birds.

International Travel Scholarship

Application Closed
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
International travel scholarships for $800 are available to support CAES student travel to study abroad programs and international internship programs. Students may apply in one of two application cycles, according to their departure date. Students departing on an international program during the current fall semester or spring semester of the following year should apply between August 1 - November 1. Students departing during the Maymester or summer semester should apply between December 1 - March 1. Applications received by the deadline date will be given full consideration.

Additional Scholarships for International Travel

There are several scholarships available for international travel through the CAES Office of Global Programs.

Quick Facts

Dates: Maymester

Estimated Program Fee: Estimated $2,150 + Tuition and Fees + Airfare

Courses: POUL 4150

Application Deadline: February 1

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Program Contact

Adam J. Davis Associate Professor
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