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Community Outreach, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Sustainable agriculture / 28.11.2018

Blogpost by Charlotte Watteyn, doctoral researcher at KU Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Costa Rica, collaborating with Osa Conservation If you think about vanilla, you immediately start to imagine delicious ice creams, cakes and other yummy sweets. But where does this vanilla come from? Well, it is extracted from the fruits (beans or pods) of orchid vines, producing an intense aroma resulting from a complex of molecules. These orchids belong to the genus Vanilla (Orchidaceae), a diverse group of climbing hemi-epiphytes growing around trees with their aerial roots. The...

Science and Research / 21.11.2018

Blog Post by Brandon André Güell, NSF Pre-doctoral Fellow and Ph.D. Student, Warkentin Lab, Boston University [caption id="attachment_11992" align="aligncenter" width="522"] Brandon Güell observing a breeding aggregation at Shampoo Pond. Photo: Brandon Güell[/caption] It was about 06:00 after night-long heavy rains ended a short dry spell, and already you could hear a deafening chorus of creatures gathering at the pond. Though sleepless and mosquito-ridden, we trudged chest-deep through the murky swamp waters with notebook and camera in hand to reach the source of the chaos. That’s when we saw it: One...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Science and Research / 14.11.2018

Blog Post by Elène Haave Audet, Restoration and Rewilding Research Field Assistant   [caption id="attachment_11964" align="aligncenter" width="448"] Elène holding a Noctilio leporinus, the Greater bulldog bat, which fishes from streams. Photo: Doris Audet[/caption] For many of us, the creatures of the tropical forest that dare venture at night remain elusive and mysterious beings, their ways of life foreign to us daytime dwellers. Among these enigmatic animals are bats, the group of mammals with the second largest number of species in the world, whose charismatic presence in the tropics will not go...

Uncategorized / 07.11.2018

Blog Post by Marco Hidalgo, Coordinator for Prevention of Ecosystem Collapse Our tropical forests, including the extensions of mangroves that slope down the south pacific, suffer a constant threat from different man-made factors. One of the most significant threats is the lack of predators and their prey, which have decreased due to recreational and cultural hunting in the Osa Peninsula. In the search for practical solutions on the ecosystem-level, Osa Conservation’s Prevention of Ecosystem Collapse project hopes to increase the resilience of ecosystems in the Osa Peninsula through the use...

Uncategorized / 07.11.2018

Blog Post por Marco Hidalgo, Coordinador del Prevención Colapso de los Ecosistemas Los bosques tropicales, incluyendo las extensiones de manglares en la vertiente del pacífico sur, sufren una constante amenaza por diferentes factores antropogénicos. Una de las amenazas más significativas es la pérdida de depredadores y sus presas, las cuales han disminuido debido a la cacería recreativa y cultural en la Península de Osa. En la búsqueda de soluciones prácticas al nivel ecosistémico, Conservación Osa, a través de su proyecto de “Prevención del colapso de los ecosistemas”, pretende aumentar la...