Monday, November 25, 2013

Exploring the Jungle: Where Has CGG Been?

After 10 weeks in Brazil and 17 weeks in Costa Rica, I am back rejuvenated and more determined to share for the green way of living. It was amazing how the Amazon,with its many dynamic interactions between the flora and fauna, seemed to be a representation of life. However, the gifts of the rain forest and all the other ecosystems offered to us by the world are being taken for granted as the government and large corporations exploit naturals resources. College Go Green is here to share ways for you to reduce your impact and inform you about what is happening around you. Click the link to view an article about a concept known as Resilient Agriculture. The future of agriculture is going to have to overcome some difficult challenges like how to produce more food on less land and also use less resources. Keep an eye out future legislation's to solve this and other pressing issues. 

I'd also like to introduce you guys to my new partner Brilliant Changes, Inc.These guys are a student led non profit organization on a mission to give students better opportunities via internships and professional development.

This post is just a warm up for when I get back into the swing of things and share some more how-to's with you guys. Until then, enjoy some of the plants and animals I've seen during my travels. Feel free to message me about some of these places I went if you are interested in going yourself!

Cyathea costaricensis is a type of Tree Fern found in Costa Rica.  The genus Cyathea are terrestrial ferns first documented by J.E. Smith in 1793.  Species in this genus may generally have cup-shaped sori.  They are widely distributed from temperate woodlands to tropical rain forest.

Bothriechis nigroviridis commonly known as the Black-speckled Palm Pit Viper was discovered in 1859.  It is can be found as high as 3,000m.  The typical habitats are high mountains or low mountain cloud forest.  The coloration is generally an emerald Green body with black parietal stripes.  Adults range in size from 60-80cm.

Panterpe insignis a species of hummingbird found in the mountain range of the Costa Rica.  It is a small species with an average mass of 5.6 grams.  The population is considered to be stable and there is no indication it maybe reaching vulnerable status.

Cavendishia bracteata is species related to the blueberry.  It can be found in the highlands from Mexico to South America.  The leaves are evergreen, thick, and approx. 6 inches long.  It is edible and high in antioxidants.

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