In an area roughly the size of West Virginia, the tiny South American country of Costa Rica boasts 10% of the world’s bird species. Travel the trails with Beverly McNeil and Ed Robeau this Friday at Winter Wanderlust as they visit a wide variety of habitats to capture stunning photos of elusive avians.
Almost 900 species of birds have been recorded in the country, more than in all of the US and Canada combined, allowing it the greatest density of bird species of any continental American country. A wide array of habitats contribute to this diversity; mangrove swamps, coastal plains, lowland rainforests, cloud forests, multiple mountain chains and volcanic peaks, along with its placement on the globe between two continental landmasses. Added to this is the fact that the country has successfully managed to diminish deforestation from some of the world’s worst rates to almost zero. Around 25% of the land area is designated national parks and protected areas. In 2012 it became the first country in the America’s to ban recreational hunting.