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image004CIRENAS had a stead stream of visitors this summer who came to volunteer or learn more about our programs. We had five participants from The Global Sustainability Fellows Program, an educational program of The SustainabilityLaboratory, come help us establish a nursery for our new campus. They transplanted vetiver, a hearty plant used for soil stabilization and water conservation, and coconut palms sourced from our beach. The international volunteer crew included Severin from Switzerland, Kata from Hungary, Conrad from Germany, Conor from Ireland, and Kathy from New York.

We also had two scientists come and investigate opportunities on our site and in nearby communities. Heather York, a bat ecologist from Buena Vista University in Iowa, stopped in with her family during her summer research and Spanish immersion trip around Costa Rica.  Heather will be leading our summer program next year—read more about her on our website (link).   Heather has taught numerous field courses around the world for high school and college students and brings an infectious passion for tropical biology.

image003Christina Wesolek is a PhD student at Antioch New England who is studying coastal communities and sea turtle conservation.  She spent time with us getting to know the PRETOMA turtle nursery in Caletas (http://turtle-trax.com/beach-projects/playa-caletas/) and visiting nearby villages and towns to determine the parameters of her research.  We hope that Christina will have time to guest lecture at CIRENAS while she is doing her research.

As always, we had a steady stream of drop-in visitors from around the world who come explore Hacienda Ario on horseback.  If you’re ever in the area, please saddle up and come for a visit.