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    Earthwatch Institute: Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica

    Earthwatch Institute: Conserving Wild Bees and Other Pollinators of Costa Rica

    Details

    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Costa Rica
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Session Start: December
    • Session Length: One Week, Other
    • Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Environmental Science, Wildlife Conservation
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
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    Overview

    From the mountainous tropical forest in San Luis de Monteverde to the pastures and forests along the coastal community of Puerto Jimenez, join a research team to investigate how threats to bees and butterflies affect the critical pollination services they provide. Over three-quarters of the world’s crops depend on pollinators. These animals provide essential ecosystem services and play a crucial role in the production of many fruits and vegetables. 

    Climate change, pesticide use, and habitat loss threaten pollinator communities, impacting agricultural production. A changing climate could cause these species to disappear. During this expedition, you will work with local communities to create agroforests, helping pollinator communities and provide livelihoods for low-income families in the region. Accommodations are comfortable shared bedrooms with chef-prepared meals. 

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