Oct 25. 2014

Outline:

  • Observed and recorded data at the Monteverde Centro (7:30-11:30am)
  • Observed garden at Bajo del Tigre
  • Began quantifying data from surveys
  • Reviewing past site plans and readings from the Monteverde Institute

This morning I went to collect data for perhaps the last time at the garden in Monteverde Centro.

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Data sheet below!

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Afterwards, I went to look around the gardens at Bajo del Tigre. There, I serendipitously ran into Bob, the director of the place who oriented me at the place, showing me the garden and a cool classroom that opened straight into the greenhouse. I decided that he’s the guy to consult regarding the implementation of gardens. Apparently, he is the construction guy when working with Willow, the botanist and Felipe, the landscape designer. He even showed me the birdbath he constructed that works in tandem with epiphytes!

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I also began quantifying data from surveys, and though I have not immediately applied statistical analysis to this data, I can immediately tell that the majority of responders do want more green spaces filled with plants and animals, especially butterflies and hummingbirds (sloths came third).

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Next, I began reviewing the documents I checked out from the Monteverde Institute. Below are my notes on the articles I have read and outlined:

“Tourism and Sustainable Development” by Peter E. Murphy:

  • Since tourism is based on selling the environment as a product, it makes sense that there has been an increasing interest in sustainable development.
  • In 1972, Danella and Dennis Meadows’ “Limits to Growth” shook the world’s complacency by arguing that the earth’s resources and ability to absorb pollution is finite. As a result, the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) in 1987 published a report “Our Common Future,” which promoted sustainable development, defining it as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
  • The priority on maintaining ecological diversity in developing countries has fostered increased community control and regional self-reliance.
  • A table defining the components of sustainable development, including the conservation of plant and animal species as well as community control over development decisions affecting local ecosystems.

[more articles to be added soon]

What’s next:

  • Orientation by advisor on bird calls
  • Observe and record data from the garden at the Biological Station
  • Further review articles and past site plans from the Monteverde Institute
  • Contact this Felipe guy!