After being back at Colby for a week, I have realized that Bermuda in winter is pretty ideal. There are not a lot of tourists and the weather is quite mild and enjoyable. If I had the choice to winter in Bermuda I probably would.
Overall, I felt that the ten days that we spent in Bermuda went very smoothly. I enjoyed everyday, and I felt that I learned a lot about the history, geology, and biology of Bermuda. Of course, I also think that there is a lot of history and science to study more in depth while on the island. The many sounds, bays, reefs and island ecosystems all provide interesting opportunities for field work. I found it very interesting to learning about the early history and settlement of the island, and how certain aspects of settlement influenced the modern ecosystems throughout the island. I also found the limestone outcroppings throughout the island, specifically along the roads to be very educational. The striations of the dune layers were very prominent and provided a tangible explanation for the geologic history of the island itself. The cup reefs that we viewed while snorkeling and from the beaches were also extremely interesting. I had never snorkeled before and I found the underwater community of reefs to be fascinating. I had never seen so many fish and corals interacting and living together.
This trip was incredibly fun and educational. I enjoyed everyone on the trip and I enjoyed all of the guests that educated us while in Bermuda. From the aquarium to Nonsuch Island we were provided a very special opportunity to learn and explore the island. Bermuda, as a tightly populated island, can teach the rest of the world a lot about being sustainable. Hopefully someday I will have the opportunity to return to Bermuda.