Weekend in Rio Celeste

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Katie Fennessey

Katie Fennessey
This weekend, the Women in STEM travelled to Rio Celeste in Bijagua rn experience more of Costa Rica through various excursions. Our first excursion involved tubing down Rio Celeste! Heavy rain the night before lead to strong currents and exciting tubing! However, it also prevented us from seeing the nutrient and mineral reaction that often turns the water a bright blue.
Sadie and Bethany speed down the river together!
For our time here we stayed at the beautiful Heliconias that had a trail with three hanging bridges. The girls were able to explore the forest and biodiversity right outside of our hotel via these bridges!
Lucy, Lily, Grace, Zora, and Bayan enjoy the hanging bridges.
On Saturday, Jess and Vane lead a night hike on these sky bridges to show us the different animals that come out at night. The girls spotted numerous species of frogs and insects.
Alyssa, Vicky, and Tinique exploring the forest in their night hike!
On Sunday morning, the WIS had two guest speakers come to the hotel and talk about their careers and rescue efforts in Costa Rica. Dara Arguella taught us about the AsociaciĆ³n Mecup Cacaotica which is a foundation that harvests cacao. Our second speaker, Ms.Sc. Esther Pomareda, is a resident biologist at FundaciĆ³n Hagnauer, an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases animals in Costa Rica. The girls had the opportunity to ask questions about their roles in the STEM field and about the specific animals that are being rescued!
The girls ask Ms.Sc. Esther Pomareda about the animals her organization rescues.

As we travelled back to campus on Sunday, we were very lucky to spot a sloth! Our bus drive pulled over and gave us the opportunity to see the sloth in the tree. We took pictures, used binoculars, and observed the sloth as it sat in the tree.
The sloth we spotted en route to campus!

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