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Tropical Forest Program

BIO 2144 Tropical Ecology
A study of why the tropics experience a unique climate, how this creates a variety of unique habitats such as rain forests, cloud forests, savannas, and coral reefs, and the structure and dynamics of these habitats. The class also investigates a variety of other topics including structure of tropical soils, nutrient cycling, tropical forest dynamics, tropical species diversity, and conservation. Lecture, laboratory, and travel.

La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center; May 7-13, 2012

Day 1:
Arrive in Belize at the International Airport. Meet and greet at the airport by Programme for Belize representative and naturalist guide. Three-hour bus ride to La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center. Welcome and settling into living quarters. Orientation to La Milpa Ecolodge and Research Center.

Day 2:
Early morning birding. Presentation on Programme For Belize. Tropical forest observation. Introduction to the tropics and ecological life zones. Mahogany Trail; self exploration. Presentation on Belizean fauna. Night hike/spotting.

Day 3:
Early morning birding. Introduction to field botany, tree identification, field exercise on sampling methodology. Bajo Trail; self exploration. Presentation on forest types and use. Night walk.

Day 4:
Visit to Maya/Mestizo village. Cultural and medicinal presentation: Craft Centre. Swimming. Maya/Archaeology presentation.

Day 5:
Visit to Lamanai Maya site. Swimming. Discussion on the importance of the rain forest. What you can do to protect them.

Day 6:
Optional birding. Tour of La Milpa archaeological site. The amazing leafcutter ants. Gift shop. Pre-departure cleanup. Belizean dance.

Day 7: Depart for Belize City/Transfer to the International Airport.

Students on a trip

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