Over 50 people came out to hear Chris and Julia Child present on their most recent trip to Costa Rica at our second Cabin Fever lecture Wednesday night.  A country whose area is comparable to Vermont and New Hampshire is home to 5% of the world’s biological diversity.  There are 52 species of hummingbirds, over 20 species of tanagers, 16 “wood creepers,” and more species of butterflies than can be found in all of Africa.  Because the country decided to not have a military, but rather to invest in preservation, health care, and education, over 25% of the country is set aside as preserves. Chris and Julia’s presentation, aptly captured the exciting diversity of habitats and species through their narration and slides.  We were treated to the incredible beauty of many species birds.  They also sought out and appreciated mammals, lizards, crocodiles, spiders, ants, frogs and toads, butterflies and moths, bats, and wasps.  They explained that, even at night, they were out exploring and finding a myriad of additional species, especially moths,  with the help of a special lantern. On the Atlantic Coast a highlight of their trip was a visit with Alex Martinez who has been working to conserve habitat for the Great Green Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw.  They visited the Cloud Forest of the Pacific Highlands, and searched for the Resplendent Quetzal.  They then visited  the lowland rain forest on the Nicaraguan border. This presentation by Chris and Julia made me feel like I had been on a trip with them.  If you were not able to attend, the presentation was recorded and will soon be aired on Middlebury Community Television and will also be on their website. We will update this post when it becomes available. – Barb Otsuka

Chris and Julia Child