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Don't worry, they won't sting you. They know we're scientists.
My favorite video of the week shows the team here in Costa Rica successfully transferring a bee caught in the field to a specimen jar. It's rather self explanatory so enjoy the clip. Interestingly enough, you can actually take part in one of these adventures . As a corporate expeidtion from a Big Four firm we're doing double duty, handling both the science and a special project to assist the local coffee co-operative. You won't perform the bonus business project which my team is doing, but private individuals can help with the science itself. You need to enjoy the outdoors, and be comfortable with something a little more rustic than a regular tropical vacation. Read the project description on their site to learn more about the adventure. Aside from enjoying the work, you get to essentially live in a community for a week rather than just hover over it like a typical tourist. Two nights left in the mission. It's been great fun so far - we've even toured two coffee mills...
"Now you look like real field biologists"
Our professor in the field, Dr. Banks, had kind words for us as we started our week of research in the Tarrazรบ region of Costa Rica. Armed with a couple of augers, PVC pipes, yellow "party" bowls, bottles of soapy water, insect catching nets, measuring tape, jars, more bags and, of course, several clipboards, we set off into the fields. We were lucky to enjoy a 'soft' introduction to fieldwork: the farm where work started is a relatively easy site for inspecting bee activity and the flowering of coffee plants because it's isolated from patches of rainforest. At sites adjacent to rainforests we'll be conducting more tests - here, on the other hand, we only had to dig for half as many soil samples. This didn't mean the work was a cakewalk - catching bees is not easy for accounting firm staff, and the banana trees' leaves made patches of ground wickedly slippery - tomorrow's sure to be more intense. We completed the adventure without any incidents, even...
Live from Costa Rica
My team in Costa Rica is writing an internal group blog about the scientific expedition we've joined - and that blog is a great way to share our experiences with my firm's audience. No one on the "outside" can see it, though so I'll follow along with my own posts and hopefully manage to squeak out some photos and videos over the limited internet connection at our humble site in the process. Posts will be short since my wifi connection may cut out at any time, and the I don't want to spend all night on my colleague's computer either. Highlights today included consumption of lots of high quality Costa Rican coffee after a hike through the Cloud Forest. And then came the rain, which conveniently enough started falling only after the end of our hike. Hopefully the new Youtube account I've created will process our welcome video quickly. It's shaping up to be a ridiculosly fun week.
Posted: Apr 25 2010, 11:16 PM by Krupo | with no comments
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