Here are a few reading suggestions to help you prepare yourself for your trip and for overall environmental awareness. We particularly recommend reading Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America before or during your visit. Each story is told from the perspective of evolutionary biology, and, if you are not familiar with thinking in these terms, it can't help but have an effect on you. The books transmits very interesting information, but its true benefit is the way it affects the way you view and think about the world around you.
Kricher, John; A Neotropical Companion; Princeton University Press, 1996
Stiles, Gary and Skutch, Alexander; A Guide to the Birds of Costa Rica; Cornell University Press, 1989.
Perry, Donald, Life Above the Jungle Floor, Don Perro Press, 1986
DeVries, Philip J.; The Butterflies of Costa Ric, Vol I and II; Princeton University Press; 1987.
Blatt, Harvey, America’s Environmental Report Card, 2nd Edition, The MIT Press, 2011
Forsythe, Adrian and Ken Miyata; Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rain Forests of Central and South America, Simon and Schuster, 1984
Savage, Jay M.; The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica, The University of Chicago Press, 2002
Vandermeer, John and Ivette Perfecto, Breakfast of Biodiversity, Institute for Food and Development Policy, 1995