Dear Rainforest Friends,
Hello and thank you for your interest in the MCLUS blog! My name is Mia Roberts, and I will be the principal blogger for the website from this time forward. Laurie Waller, the current president of the MCLUS, has done a wonderful job with the blog so far, but it is now necessary for her to focus on other very important aspects of the organization. So, I have stepped in to help out!
My objective is not only to update you all about the happenings of the Children´s Eternal Rainforest (CER), the Monteverde Conservation League (MCL), and MCLUS, but also to provide you with an intimate connection to the amazing tropical forest reserve that so many people have worked so diligently to create and protect.
Before I get started, I would like to give you all a brief introduction of myself so you can get to know me a little better and understand why I will be your connection to the CER. I am a graduate from the University of California at Berkeley, with a BA in Integrative Biology. My connection with the MCL began when I participated in a study abroad program through my university located in Monteverde, Costa Rica. The semester-long program focused on tropical ecology and conservation, and our classroom was literally the Costa Rican tropical forest. Because of this program, I was able to connect with not only the enchanting cloud forests, rainforests, and tropical dry forests of Costa Rica, but also with the MCL and Monteverde community.
After graduating from the program, I was fortunate enough to be offered a position with the MCL as their Information and Promotion Coordinator. I worked with them for two years, and some of my responsibilities included website content maintenance, the management of the MCL´s visitors center, donor correspondence, and reservations for the unique San Gerardo Field Station. I also served as the MCL´s volunteer coordinator, and on many occasions worked as a field guide with groups that visited the CER. My experience with the MCL was life-changing. In addition to working with an amazingly dedicated group of individuals, I developed a deep appreciation for the CER and rainforest conservation efforts throughout Costa Rica.
Through these posts, I will try to capture the breathtaking beauty of the CER´s flora and fauna, introduce you to the local biologists who study its many mysteries, walk you through the day in the life of a park guard, connect you with the volunteers who have selflessly dedicated their time and efforts to make the reserve possible, and even take you on digital hikes through the CER itself. I hope I will be able to provide you all with a glimpse into the CER as well as a connection to those individuals, young and old, who have worked so hard to make it a reality!
For the Forest,