January 9 – The Atacama Desert, Chile
The Atacama, in northern Chile, is the driest desert in the world: some places rain has never been observed. It is stark and beautiful, with surprising diversity of plants and animals.
February 13 – The Amazon Rainforest
Carrying more water than any other river, the Amazon descends from the Andean highlands across South America to the Atlantic. In the lowlands it supports a richest tropical forest in the Western Hemisphere full of surprising plants, animals and people.
March 13 – Frisia on the Coast of Holland
In Roman times, Frisians lived in what is now northwestern Germany and the Netherlands. Transformed by land reclamation, this is the land of fields of colorful tulips and windmills.
April 10 – The Grasslands of Colorado
The dry plains along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains host a very old ecosystem that is declining due to agriculture and development. Short and sparse, we easily ignore it, but its plants and animals are the tough natives that live here.
May 8 – Costa Rica
A small stable country in Central America, Costa Rica has made ecotourism a priority. About the size of West Virginia, it is an easy place to see diverse tropical plant communities and their animals.
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