A Day in the Life: Resident Naturalist Mac Wing

Rain, Sweat, and Strong Coffee: A Day in the Life of a UGACR Resident Naturalist

UGA Costa Rica Resident Naturalist Mac Wing with a blunt-headed tree snake

My day begins around 5 am, when I hear monkeys above my cabin. They’re strictly diurnal, so that sound means the sun is up. I pull on my clothes, rain boots, and grab a flashlight and camera. I may be gone for the whole day, so it’s good to be prepared for anything.

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Pop Quiz #7

Test your knowledge on the flora and fauna growing along UGACR campus trails and throughout the Monteverde Cloud Forest here in Costa Rica. You never know when a trivia night will call for tropical ecology facts…

Q: How many species of wild orchids are there in Costa Rica?

A. 30,000               B. 1,600                C. 600

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Humans of UGACR

Having a passion for something is wonderful. But what’s even better is sharing that same passion with others. During the month of May, I spent numerous hours sharing my creative space with the UGACR Advanced Spanish and Photodocumentary Maymester program.

Let me start with this: I could have easily confused my workspace with that of a bustling news room. Not only were the students’ pieces constantly expanding, undergoing edits and reshoots, but also the students themselves maintained an amount of motivation and energy throughout the course that could be applauded. Better yet, as their interviews and stories came together, capturing the inexplicable inner beauty of the people who make UGACR the unforgettable community that it is, it became clear that their final products would wonderfully reflect the goals of the Humans of UGACR project.

Thanks to the students’ inventive spirits, Humans of UGACR has grown a little more. Enjoy today’s addition!


Video contribution by Katherine Green, UGACR Maymester student
Blog contribution by Alex Fylypovych, UGACR Photojournalism Intern

The team is all smiles after completing four day of intense physical labor in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Habitat for Humanity: Costa Rica, Part III

As part of UGA Costa Rica’s Housing and Household Economics Maymester program, a group of eight UGA students and two faculty members traveled to Puntarenas, Costa Rica to participate in an international Habitat for Humanity build as a service-learning component of the experience. During the four-day build, students chronicled their experiences via journal, detailing feelings and experiences related to the build.

Join us for a three-part series summarizing their endeavors. Make sure to read Part I and Part II also!

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