Aug 21, 2010

My Trip to UDESC, University of Santa Catarina, (Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina), August 1-6, 2010

Louise Fleming

The university people were wonderful (see below) but first my day of birding and sightseeing. Prior to my coming, I had emailed Tony Alano, the university representative who takes care of visitors, and asked about bird watching. I bird wherever I go. I knew that I would not be able to figure out species by myself (different continent, different hemisphere). He graciously found a rafting business in Caldas da Imperatiriz. The day was chilly (50s F) and I didn’t want to get wet, so we all took a walk. Then we drove up the road to the historical Hotel Plaza Caldas. They employ a biologist who has landscaped for wildlife. It is forest and lawn, but all dedicated to wildlife habitat. It is very lovely and we saw lots of birds!!! Below is a picture Tony took of a toucan.

Florianopolis is an island in the state of Santa Catarina. It is a large city, but surrounded by 40 beaches. By day three, however, temps were in the 40s F. I had to buy a scarf to stay warm. Below are pictures of Florianopolis and me, all bundled up.

I certainly learned a lot about their programs at UDESC. I met wonderful faculty and students. Faculty and students are doing very exciting research and extension (service) projects. I am amazed at the students. They are idealistic and articulate. In Brazil, people who receive an education are supposed to give back to the community. These students and the faculty who lead them are doing that!! I can hardly wait to go back. Tchau.


  1. Hi, Mom,

    I am so glad you were able to travel to another country. I know how much I learned from my trip to Australia. I think it is essential to being a worldly and knowledgeable person to travel and see other cultures. I love you. Emma

  2. Dear Louise,

    I'm so proud to see my photo on your blog! Your words are touching. it’s so gratifying to get to know what other people think about your own environment…
    Weather has changed the last 2 weeks, we got around 24 C during the day. The nights are fresh indeed.

    We hope you can come back and develop good cooperation work.