Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Science and Research, Uncategorized

Honoring Two Familiar Faces

In addition to celebrating a great year in 2012, Osa Conservation recently honored two staff members as outstanding employees of the year. If you have visited us here in Osa, these are most likely familiar faces. Thanks Agustín and Manuel for all of your hard work and for being such integral and exemplary members of the Osa Conservation team.

 Agustín Mendoza
Augustín has been working with OC for five years on our land stewardship and maintenance team but has lived in Osa for 38. He grew up in Cerro Arbolito a remote property part of the OC conservation properties. He and his wife Annia live at the Greg Gund Conservation Center. When he is not working he can often be found helping Annia cook, leading students and researchers on tree identification hikes, and playing his guitar. He is incredibly passionate and is always exploring, seeking new learning opportunities, and sharing amazing videos of his jungle encounters. Augustin is an invaluable member of the land stewardship team, a dedicated conservationist and  natural leader.
Manuel Sánchez
Manuel Sánchez was born next to the Piro River and truly has the Osa in his blood. Before he began to work with Osa Conservation, Manuel was already learning these forests like the back of his hand, and helping his father protect turtle nests on Piro beach. In the last two years as a full-time staff member, Manuel’s strong work ethic and deep knowledge of wildlife have become one of our organization’s greatest assets. Manuel has been a critical component of our sea turtle monitoring program and this past year he visited the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn new research techniques to train our staff and volunteers on data collection and nest protection. Manuel has learned English and wildlife photography on his own volition and his aptitude for both are unmistakable – just check out our Facebook photo albums for proof!