Join us to investigate how threats to bees and butterflies will affect the critical pollination services they provide in mountainous tropical forests and along the coast of Puerto Jimenez.

More than three-quarters of the world’s crops depend on pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These animals provide essential ecosystem services and play a crucial role in the production of many fruits and vegetables. But a changing climate, pesticide use, and habitat loss or degradation threaten pollinator communities, although the full impact of these threats is not well understood. For example, warming temperatures could force pollinator species to shift their ranges to higher elevations, which could impact agricultural production, or it could be that a changing climate will cause these species to disappear altogether.

One way to mitigate the effects of climate change is by planting “agroforests” – or forests that grow in pastures around or among crops – that could benefit pollinator communities. As part of this expedition, you will work with local communities to plant trees to create agroforests, which could not only help pollinator communities, but could provide livelihoods for low-income families in the region.

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Location

San Luis de Monteverde and/or Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

Cost

$2895 or $4695*

Includes all accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities

Duration

7 or 13 days (* denotes option for 13 days)

2020 Dates

  • 7 June *
  • 13 June
  • 21 June
  • 6 December*
  • 12 December

Activity Level

Moderate

Lead Scientist

Valerie Peters