Saturday, November 29, 2008

Butterflies in Monteverde

We've finished our field work here in Monteverde, and are about to head out to our next site. Sadly, we didn't find any Golden-cheeked Warblers here, although this morning we finally had better weather and encountered several flocks of insectivorous birds, including several Chestnut-sided Warblers and Tennessee Warblers, and a couple of Black-and-white Warblers. We also found the following, as of yet unidentified butterflies.

The Monteverde cloud forest is an amazing place, but one is reminded here of the Joni Mitchell lines "they paved paradise, and put up a parking lot". In my opinion, eco-tourism went overboard here, and there is very little local atmosphere. It's also a lot more expensive than other cloud forests I've been to in Central America. But the forest has birds and butterflies that you might not find elsewhere.

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