Date: 1/22/20 6:37 pm
From: Doug Santoni <dougsantoni...>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Costa Rica birding recommendations
Hi Megan — I was in Costa Rica last month, and spent a couple of hours at the Bosque de Paz Lodge. It is probably a couple of hours from the Arenal observatory lodge, where I also visited. It is a small lodge in a magical reserve setting, and you would definitely want to contact the owner in advance if you want to visit without staying overnight. Feel free to PM me if you would like to discuss in greater detail.

Doug Santoni
Ph 305-962-4226
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> On Jan 22, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Megan Ward <meganward28...> wrote:
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> Hi all,
>
> Our family is heading to Costa Rica in a couple weeks, along with our 10-year-old resident birder, Emily. We have plans to stay at Hotel Cerro Lodge in Tarcoles (near Carara), Arenal Observatory Lodge, and Selva Verde Lodge (near La Selva in Sarapiqui).
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> Emily has a little brother who is not as keen on birds and lacks stamina, so we can't go crazy on multiple days of all-day birding, but Emily is really hoping to see a lot of new bird species regardless. She has set a goal to reach 500 total species on her life list by the end of 2020 (she is currently at 299).
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> Recommendations for guides would be greatly appreciated, along with the best birding locations near our lodging (are the grounds of Selva Verde birdy enough, or should we take a guided tour of La Selva Biological Station as well? Is it worth taking a day trip to Cano Negro from Arenal? Do we need to book these things now, or can we finalize plans after arrival?)
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> Also, which bird guide should we take? I checked out Birds of Costa Rica from the library, but I'm wondering if it might be too bulky, and Emily didn't seem to connect well w/the illustrations.
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> Thanks in advance for any input you can provide!
> Megan
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