By Avery Driscoll, Westminster College
This week we survived our conservation biology exam, became certified experts on the flora and fauna of the Osa (just kidding–that would take several lifetimes), and at least semi-successfully produced papers from the fieldwork we’ve been doing this semester (Editors note: The students did an awesome job on their papers). Somehow, we also managed to fit an evening turtle patrol, a hatchling release, and a much cooler-than-expected visit to the “bat tree” into our busy finals schedule.
Our first day of finals included an essay about how our views of wilderness and conservation have changed throughout the program, which required some serious reflection on our academic and fieldwork experiences. While none of us were thrilled to write the essay, it did provide a much-needed opportunity to step back and relate our incredible experiences to the big picture of conservation.
Piro beach; where we wished we were instead of