4-credit, letter-graded UNDERGRAD or GRAD course; 10-day trip to Ecuador 5-15 Jan 2018
plus a 2 hr/week discussion- and project-based course (meeting time to be determined and adjusted according to the schedules of participants) during Spring semester
: Trip will run Fr 5 January 2018 to Mon 15 January 2018; class time during spring semester TBD
West slope of the Andes; Milpe Reserve,
Mindo Cloudforest Foundation, Ecuador
South America has more birds than anywhere else. Ecuador straddles the equator and the Andes. (20,000 foot peaks). Although it is only slightly larger than Wyoming, it has 4 times as many bird species (> 1,600). This 10-day course will introduce you to a biodiversity hotspot, instill an appreciation for the plants and animals, and provide hands-on experience with the fascinating behaviors exhibited by the animals there. Milpe is at 1,100 m on the W slope of the Andes; excursions will go to higher cloud forest (2,000 meters) and low-elevation rainforest (350 m), where most of the plants and animals will be different. Days will be long, with early start and moderate hiking. Evening lectures and presentations will supplement the field experience.
Expected cost: ~$2,400
(total includes airfare ~$1,200 RT U.S. to Quito Ecuador plus ~$1,200 that will cover ALL in-country travel, lodging and meals).
Simple bunkhouses, each with two 2 to 3-person rooms, with a bathroom (hot/cold shower, hot/cold sink, toilet). Three hot meals per day in a covered patio surrounded by hummingbird feeders (visited by about 20 of Ecuador’s 123 species of hummingbirds).
If you are interested (3.0 GPA or better makes you scholarship-eligible) email Dave McDonald firstname.lastname@example.org
or TAs Libby Megna email@example.com
or Chris Petranek firstname.lastname@example.org