Celebrating Students ’13: Alex Speiser

Even though I’m a city boy, I have always loved the outdoors. I’m a sucker for the beauty of New York City- the raccoons of Central Park, the Cloisters, and the occasional clean, white pigeon- but have been fortunate enough over the last few years to leave the lower forty-eight and see some other countries. I spent a good chunk of this summer A. Speiserworking in the southern area of Costa Rica, the Golf of Dulce region, at a Wildlife Sanctuary, looking after orphaned, injured, and displaced animals. I built cages, led tours, and learned what goes into rehabilitating and subsequently releasing animals affected by the illegal wildlife trade. The preservation of Nature and curbing the effects of Global Warming have always been passions of mine and were further enhanced by this experience.