My name is Josh and I am a student at the Robert J. Lister Academy. My mission in this class is to go to Monteverde, Costa Rica to study the native plant and wildlife. The reason I want to study those subjects is because I have always been interested in foreign countries and nature. I also want to study the geographical terrain for my future plans of joining the military when I am of age. We need to raise about $1,800 per person to be able to go. We have done alot of hard work already. This is not a vacation - this is a learning opportunity of a lifetime. We have a class we are taking and we will be studying topics like the economy, ecology, world affairs, etc. Another reason I want to go is because I have never left the country. This will change my life to be exposed to a new culture besides here in America. The reason it will be a life changing experience is because most people do not get the chance to leave the country, and I could be one of them. I also want to see what it is like in a country without a military, unlike America. In a place like America, everywhere you look there is some type of military image. I want to see how the people of Costa Rica live without a military. In Costa Rica, I will study hard, and make the best of the time spent there.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It is hard to believe it has been just over 2 months since we got back from Costa Rica when it feels like we left 2 days ago. Looking back at all the new experiences and friendships that I encountered while there. As most of you already know, we had to choose a independant research project. I did mine on 3 different mammals found here in NH and down in Costa Rica, my goal was to compare them to each other to see how they interacted with their enviroment and how those interactions effected their enviroment. I would like to say thank you to all the people out there who supported us.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Pura Vida

Hello from Costa Rica.
I am still having trouble believing that we are actually here. Two days ago we got to go horse back riding then hike to a water fall. When we were done swimming in the water we hiked back to the horses and rode back. For being near the equator it's is pretty chilly at night but hot during the day. Yesterday we saw a tarantula and a pair (partners) of Quetzals. I will try to have another post in a couple of days. Pura Vida

Pura Vida 3

Hello once again from Costa Rica. Today we went on zip lines over looking the rain forest. I was not scared when I was on the zip lines but rather when I was on the platforms. We went on 13 different zip lines of all different lengths, heights, and views. The views were amazing and breath taking. My favorite line was the last one we got to do was the very last one which was the highest and longest if them all. After we went zip-lining we went to what is called the Tarzan Swing. The Tarzan swing is a platform which you jump from and go swinging by two ropes attached to your harness. I was scared once again of the platform but once I was in the air it was amazing. Well, it has been a long week here but fun. Until next time Pura Vida

Pura Vida 2

Hello again from Costa Rica.
The plants here are amazing compared to back home. The trees here are almost all green and are approximately 100-200 feet tall, 3-6 feet thick, and has a large array of branches. Where we are staying is a family farm that grows sugar cane, some bananas, and coffee. We have been being supplied with delicious coffee and sugar from the family farm. When we look out the windows of the cabin it is all plants with the exception of one window which you see one of the many gardens.
Until next time Pura Vida

Monday, March 7, 2011

My Research Project

The topic I have chosen for my research project is comparing different animal species that we have here in America, and down in Costa Rica that are the same. The four species of animals will be porcupines, white tailed deer, raccoons, and bats. The reason that I have chosen this topic is because I want to know how the same species of mammals interact and survive in a different environment. The things that I will study is how they search for food throughout the year. The reason that I chose this is because here in New Hampshire, animals who are active year round, have to search and dig for food when there is snow. In Costa Rica the animals deal with nice weather with rain each day and do not have to search much for food. I also want to know the life expectancy of the mammals there compared to mammals here.