Miscellaneous, Sustainable agriculture, Volunteers and Visitors

Going ‘nuts’ at Finca Osa Verde

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Our Finca Osa Verde consists of 600 acres of pasture and forest, as well as 1.1 miles of sea turtle nesting habitat. Osa Verde includes a small farm that supplies Osa Conservation’s field station kitchen and dining halls with all types of fruits and veggies; from lettuce, to peppers, yucca, bananas, and rice.

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This week we collected peanuts
from the Finca Osa farm and volunteers, research assistants, and staff members joined forces to create organic peanut butter for the very first time. The process is quite simple and the peanut butter is extremely delicious!

 

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First thing you need to know is that peanuts don’t belong to the nut family, they are actually from the Leguminosae family which includes beans and peas. They develop underground in the plant roots, just like potatoes.

 

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Follow these steps and you will be eating organic peanut butter in no time:

  • Collect the peanuts from the ground by pulling the plants out and collecting the peanuts from the roots. Buying the peanut pods from a supermarket works just as well.
  • Sun dry the peanut: spread the pods on the floor and dry them for a few hours. Be aware of the rain, especially if you are in the rain forest. If you bought your pods, there is no need for drying them.
  • Roast the peanuts: this part of the process was quite fun and challenging since we have to light our own wooden oven. Looking for fallen dry wood, making the fire (which was easier said than done), waiting for the fire to become a bed of coal, and then roasting the peanut pods without burning them was quite an experience.
  • Peel the peanut pods to extract the roasted seeds. This was a daunting job but luckily, everybody at the Station gave a hand with this part of the process. We decided to call ourselves the “nut team”.
  • Grind the peanuts with a food processer.
  • Add salt or sugar according to your preferences.

eatingGrowing, making, and eating your own food is not only delicious, but it’s a way to minimize adverse impacts on the natural environment. We are what we eat. Here at Osa Conservation we care about the food that we eat and where it comes from. Think about the food you eat: how can it be better for our environment and ourselves?

Environmental Education, Miscellaneous, Science and Research, Volunteers and Visitors

A little luck and a fun(gi) story

Read about Grace Leppink’s experience in the Osa as she makes exciting fungi discoveries!

Fungi are found throughout the world, but some of the most amazing and diverse fungi are found in Costa Rica.  The combination of deeply shaded forests and a warm, humid climate makes Costa Rica the perfect incubator for fungi.  As a new mycologist, the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica was one that I could not pass up.  On my first day at the Piro Research Station I had an exciting and lucky encounter with fungi.

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Staheliomyces cincta, fresh and erect.

We were in the thick of the forest on the Ajo Trail. As we rounded the corner we found our prey under the canopy of a giant tree. The intricate lacework of its body was accented by the few rays of light the canopy allowed through.  We had come across a stunning specimen – the strangled stinkhorn, Staheliomyces cinctus.  When I first laid my eyes on it, it seemed out of place compared to the brown and green hues surrounding it.  This white alien shape seemed to protrude out of nowhere, like some weird organic artifact. As my professor joked later, it was the best accessorized fungi he had ever met, as it wore a thick shiny black belt – of slime containing its spores.

 

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Same fungus, same day. Starting to collapse! It was undetectable a day later.

This stinkhorn is uncommon and not well documented. One reason is due to the short time that the fruiting body exists.  The structure rarely lasts more than a day before turning into messy lump of black goo.  If my group had not gone out to that trail on that morning we might only have found a shriveled shadow of its former glory.

In the following weeks I hope to continue my documentation of the fantastic fungi by looking at the secondary and primary forests of the OSA peninsula!

 

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Miscellaneous

Wetlands Conservation: one more item on the waiting list for presidential candidates

Terraba Sierpe wetlands, Costa Rica. Photo credit: Cavu

Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands, Costa Rica. Photo credit: Cavu

By: Luis Williams

Community Planning – Wetlands Program

Luis Williams

A functional environment is built on a day-to-day basis, from all sectors of society, and a fundamental support for environmental security comes from the participation of local citizens. In many cases, local organizations become protagonists that can either complement or detract from the government’s role in supporting a functioning environment. At Osa Conservation, we aim to highlight the responsibility of citizen participation by presenting useful information to voters during this year’s presidential run-off elections. We want to focus on an issue that we consider crucial to the country, which has remained pending in the proposals of the candidates: conservation of the nation’s wetlands.

Thirteen years ago, Costa Rica approved the Wetlands Policy, a national policy that defined guidelines for the management and conservation of the country’s wetlands. The policy holds Costa Rica’s commitment to the ratification of the Ramsar Convention in 1991, a commission dedicated to the international protection and “wise use” of wetland ecosystems, due to their biological wealth and function as a refuge for a significant number of seasonal migratory water birds. Costa Rica currently has 12 Ramsar sites in count, all of which cover approximately an 11% of the national territory and 350 identified wetlands (SINAC 2013, Environmental Kiosks, 2013).

Despite these efforts at preservation, years have passed and Costa Rica’s wetlands are disbanded and remain without the government and citizen support that they deserve. For example, The Management Plan of National Wetlands Térraba-Sierpe (HNTS)1 still has yet to be approved. During this year’s elections, presidential candidates paid little attention to wetland conservation. But why should they? The answer is simple: wetlands provide us with a great variety of products that vary from basic foods like fish and rice, to lumber, firewood, vegetable oil, salt, herbs, stems and leaves for weaving, and fodder for animals. Many wetlands are also directly related with subterranean water and play a large role in regulating the quantity and quality of the groundwater, which is often an important source of drinking water and water for crop irrigation. Wetlands are also reservoirs of biodiversity, and there is an enormous cultural link between human populations that develop their understanding of the world from their relationship to wetland ecosystems.

The mouth of the Sierpe River, part of the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands.

The mouth of the Sierpe River, part of the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands.

The Ramsar Report 2013 and the XIX Report of the State of the Nation 2012 are very clear about the challenges that pressure these Costa Rican ecosystems. These include:

·       Conflicts over the use of land

·       Economic activities surrounding the wetlands that threaten biodiversity

·       Uncontrolled expansion of monoculture crops (pineapple, banana, etc.)

·       Haphazard use of chemicals on crops

·       Illegal exploitation of species

·       Lack of resources for the protection, management, and restoration of wetlands

·       Scarce cooperation between governmental entities

In the wake of the electoral campaign, Osa Conservation is focused more on finding solutions than defining problems, so let’s analyze the proposed plans of the government. As mentioned, none of the top five candidates expressed any interest in conserving wetlands, although the Citizen Action Party and Broad Front plans make references to some topics that could allow a negotiation and conservation of wetland ecosystems. These proposals are the ones that come closest to creating favorable mechanisms to these ecosystems and these same proposals can be found in the box at the bottom of the text.

The government plans of the presidential candidates leave us the following:

1.     Wetlands are just one more item on the waiting list. None of them have made a direct proposal about conserving wetlands; they have not even spoken about the issue.

2.     To the candidates, only rivers are considered wetlands. You could say that all candidates tie wetlands to rivers, obtaining from them just one sole environmental service: the production of water.

3.     The PLN, FA, and the PAC set out in their plans, with their respective differences on how to do this, the issue of watershed management as either a part of a strategy to strengthen foreign policy (PLN), as the basis unit of territorial organization (FA), or as a foundation for secure access and protection of water resources (PAC).

4.     In making an effort to bring out the positive aspects of all parties, including those with the least mention on the topic, to think about the future institutional mechanisms for the protection of the wetlands, we could say, with difficulty, that the ML and the PUSC prescribe the necessity for better water management as a form of contamination control.

5.     It is important to mention that although it is not explicit for the wetlands, the FA and the PAC give a lot of importance to the role that the communities living around Protected Areas play in conservation and protection, like Caño Negro. This could be a rescuing point, since without doubt, a real exercise in conservation and democracy initiates from the possibility that we gave as citizens to construct the mechanisms necessary to care for the wetlands.

From all of the above, there is only conclusion we can draw – for all of the presidential candidates, the wetlands barely exist, and when they do, the only ecosystem service they provide is generating water. To underestimate the biological importance of Costa Rica’s wetlands is a grave mistake, and one that we can only hope the next president will reverse.

1This plan was approved on December 16, 2013, after many years of diagnostics, studies, and negotiations. After all, the HNTS is one of the most important wetlands of Central America. According to official reports, accounts with an area of about 24 sq. meters with 4 different ecosystems bring together hundreds of species, including human groups, with strongly rooted relationships with these productive ecosystems and cultural ties.

 

Aves, Birds, Miscellaneous, Volunteers and Visitors

OC gears up for birding and filmmaking!

It’s that time of year again – birding time!

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Aside from the hundreds of native tropical birds who reside in the Osa, the peninsula is also winter home for many North American migratory birds. Every spring, they return to nest – the Scarlet Tanager, the Indigo Bunting, the Golden-Winged Warbler, the Baltimore Oriole, and scores of other migrant songbirds. And every winter, they make the perilous journey back to the rainforests of Central America to wait out the long cold season. Unfortunately, their wintering grounds are under intense pressure from development and natural resource extraction. The rainforests of Central America are being degraded at an alarming rate – and the birds that call these forests home – the endemic species and the migrants who winter there – have no where to turn. North America’s birds need a place that is still wild – our birds need the Osa.

Every winter, OC hosts birding groups from all over the world at our biological stations who come to see Osa’s magnificent birds and help us to protect their home. Unfortunately, aside from these avid birders, not many people understand the global significance of the Osa’s biodiversity or how many of our birds depend on it for survival – so this coming January, a film crew from Wisconsin will be traveling to the Osa with one of these birding groups to conduct a field shoot for the production of two documentaries – one to highlight the importance of the Osa as a biological hotspot, and another to document the efforts of Osa Conservation in protecting Osa’s birds – particularly the Yellow-billed Cotinga. From January 23 – 31st, 2014, this birding trip, led by veteran conservationist, OC board member, and birding addict Craig Thompson, will take the crew on a locally-guided tour of rainforest, beach, river, and wetlands to spot the most elusive Osa birds and interview local Osa residents.

Meet our crew!

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Luckily, our film crew are no strangers to filming in the jungle! Producer and writer Jo Garrett has been making documentaries for over 25 years. For the last decade, Jo and videographer Frank Boll have collaborated on a series of stories and documentaries for PBS on the plight of wildlife – including bats, black bears, pine martens, wolves, rattlesnakes, and more – but Jo’s favorite stories spotlight birds and the problems and successes in bird conservation. That passion led to the production of the documentary Our Birds, which highlights the struggles neotropical migratory birds face on their perilous journeys.

Frank Boll has trekked the world shooting stories for over 40 years. Frank’s most recent project took him to Peru in 2012. Funded in part by a grant from the National Geographic Society, Frank spent a month in the cloud forests, documenting the efforts of conservation groups working to save Peru’s critically endangered Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey.

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Kerman and Frank on location for a previous film shoot.

 

Kerman Eckes has worked for twenty years as a location sound recordist and sound designer for Wisconsin Public Television. She’ll get great stereo recordings of the birds calls of the Osa but she also brings other talents to the job: she’s fluent in Spanish, she’s an accomplished professor with a master’s in film production, and she’s served on video production crews in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

This film shoot will definitely put Jo, Frank, and Kerman’s skills to the test, as they trek through jungle and wetlands to document the stories of Osa’s birds. Filming birds in the wild also presents a unique challenge – perhaps even more so than other animals. Birds, especially warblers, are constantly moving – searching the trees and ground for insects, fruit, and other sources of food. How do you capture such tiny, quick creatures on camera, especially ones that are far away and so easily startled? The answer is to combine a camera and a telescope!

Videographers use a digiscope to capture birds on film – essentially a digital camera mounted to a birdwatcher’s spotting scope, which is a light, portable telescope. Frank uses a digiscope comprised of a Canon 60D DSLR camera attached to a Swarovski 30-70X spotting scope, pictured below:

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Due to their constant activity, following birds with such high-powered magnification presents another significant challenge. Footage often has to be trimmed to clips less than 10 seconds long that are later edited together – a serious time investment!

Check out some footage that Frank has already shot with his digiscope of one of Wisconsin’s migrants, the Yellow Warbler, known affectionately as the “little yellow comet.” We’re hoping to spot one of these little guys on our shoot down in the Osa!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrWYI8uCvHI

Here’s some more footage shot by Frank, of two Orioles engaged in a “flyoff!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfUJFcHPWsY

This year, I’ll be joining this birding trip, so stay tuned for updates on the field shoot as it unfolds – direct from the Osa!

Read more about our film project here – and even help fund it!

 

Miscellaneous, Science and Research

If they can’t see you… they can’t eat you!

The epic battle of predator and prey in the jungle

by: Max Villalobos, Land Conservation Manager

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Snake captures an unsuspecting frog. Photo by Manuel Sánchez.

 

It’s almost midday, and the forest is drowsy with the intense heat and humidity that you find during the rainy season in the Osa Peninsula, where the temperature can easily surpass 90 degrees. I direct all of my attention to the forest floor in search of the sweet and fleshy fruits of the Zapote tree. The spider monkeys that also eat from this tree are not disturbed by my presence here; only a few centimeters away from my foot one of the thousands of leaves that cover the forest floor flutter for a brief second, showing the silhouette of an amphibian that disappears again, scampering across the fallen leaves.

 

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A Gecko attempts to conceal itself on the bark of a tree. Photo by Manuel Sánchez.

 

The relationship of predator and prey is determined in great measure by the defenses upon which the prey rely and the predator’s ability to overcome them. Diverse defense mechanisms exist in the animal kingdom; chemical methods, for example, are amply used to repel predators through the production of foul-smelling odors or liquid irritants. Toxic substances or poisons are also popular defense mechanisms and can be obtained in one of two ways – indirectly through ingestion of plants or other animals, as is the case for many arthropods, or directly synthesized by the animal, as is the case for many snakes. Many physical defense systems also exist, such as the armadillo and its shell, or the porcupine and its sharp quills that are able to deter even the most capable of predators.

 

This eternal evolutionary war between predator and prey has been brought to the level of an art in the tropical forest, where the ability to be invisible, or to appear to be something else, can mean the difference between life and death. This adaptative method of defense is what has filled the forest with “dry leaves,” “twigs,” and “dry flowers” that can fly, or jump, to disappear entirely as quickly as they appeared. It becomes pretty clear that these “leaves” and “twigs” aren’t really leaves and twigs at all, but insects and amphibians adept at disguising their presence.

 

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A green garden snake resembles the branch of an orchid. Photo by Manuel Sánchez.

 

Myriads of insects, amphibians, reptiles and even birds use the method of mimicry to deceive the senses of other animals and to pass by undetected. Some act as snipers, lying immobile until the perfect moment to leap onto their unsuspecting prey, while others use a strategy of living their lives in anonymity, remaining practically invisible in the forest.

 

Whatever the tactic employed, it is without a doubt fascinating that this force to cling to life, indelibly engraved in the animal instinct, is the engine that allows each day to change the world.

 

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Miscellaneous, Science and Research

What’s new with Osa Conservation?

by Lauren Lipuma and Florencia Franzini

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Executive Director Manuel Ramirez (center) and board members Adrian Forsyth (left) and Craig Thompson (right) survey the Osa Verde property.

Osa Conservation has had a busy summer and fall this year.  From renovations and land purchases to project expansions, the work never ceases to lose momentum here at OC! Here are a few things that have been going on at Osa Conservation this summer and fall:

The Agro-Ecology Farm at Osa Verde has had a huge facelift! OC is gearing up to launch our Sustainable Agriculture program, hoping to provide healthy, organic, locally -sourced food produced in harmony with a biodiversity conservation mission. The site of this new program is Osa Verde, a 500-acre property adjacent to Piro Research Center. Renovations of the property’s facilities have begun, including repainting and installation of a potable water system. Soil sample testing has also begun, and we are anxiously awaiting results!

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Surveys begin at the new Osa Verde property.

At Lomas del Sierpe Wildlife Refuge, we recently finished gathering together all the pinewood and materials needed to start construction of a new center at the location, including a classroom, kitchen, and dining room for students and visitors. We have also begun preparing 15 hectares (37 acres) along the nearby Esquinas River for reforestation, using seedlings donated by the Institute of Energy and Brinkman & Associates Reforestation, Central America (BARCA).

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Tree planting begins at Lomas del Sierpe Wildlife Refuge.

From Piro to Cerro Osa, our new trail system has begun to take shape. New trail signs were designed and implemented in August, new trails have been built, and our existing trail system is undergoing major renovations. The “Turtles’ Trail” leading to the sea turtle hatchery has been completed, and the remaining trail upgrades are scheduled to be completed by December. Piro Biological Station is also receiving a facelift with upgrades to cabin and bathrooms: new paint, new windows and new decorations should add to the already wonderful experience at Osa. We have also begun the construction of new furniture for Piro and landscaping with new plants that will attract local birds.

Our Forest Restoration and Nursery program planted nearly 50,000 seedlings of 30 different native tree species in the Osa National Wildlife Refuge, along a 44-hectare site of recently-harvested teak and pochote plantations. Another 20 hectares are scheduled to be replanted in the next few months!

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Volunteers nurture seedlings in our tree nursery.

Osa’s endangered Yellow-Billed Cotingas have a new home! With the help of several partner organizations, OC has established thefirst Yellow-Billed Cotinga Sanctuary in the Osa Peninsula. Officially purchased in July, the sanctuary sits on 23 acres of land adjacent to the mangrove forests and estuaries of Rincón. We are currently working on designs for an observation platform and an educational trail, scheduled for completion by the end of the year! In addition, a film crew from Madison, WI will be conducting a pro-bono film shoot during a Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative-sponsored birding trip in January of 2014. The crew will produce a video highlighting the work of Osa Conservation in protecting the habitat of this critically endangered bird.

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Osa’s Yellow-billed Cotinga.

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View of the YBC sanctuary from the Rincón river.

Education and Outreach is at an all time high for Osa Conservation! We are currently partnering with 15 schools and have managed to reach 700 students through our programs. Local students have helped reforest by planting over 600 trees, participated in a beach cleanup program from Cabo Matapalo to Carate Beach, and visited our “Rainforest Discovery Trail” around Piro Biological Station. This summer, we also started a new water stewardship program with help from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. Students can now monitor water samples around the Osa Peninsula by studying water quality and content through nutrient and phytoplankton assessment – essentially becoming stewards of their own water sources.

Sea Turtle Season is in full swing! We had an all time high of 78 sea turtle volunteers visit the Osa this quarter, performing valuable monitoring of nesting beaches between Piro and Pejeperro. Our sea turtle hatchery is now in full operation – 40 nests have hatched there so far, and 600 baby turtles have reached the sea. We have also had a rare visitor to our nesting beaches – a mother Hawksbill sea turtle has come to lay her eggs!

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Volunteers nurture sea turtle hatchlings at our new hatchery.

In the Osa National Wildlife Refuge, our camera trap network continues to be an important asset for monitoring populations of large cats and other mammals. The Refuge, consisting of Osa Conservation properties and the properties of several local ecolodges, has expanded to include Lapa Rios, El Ramanso and Bosque del Cabo lodges, covering an area larger than ever before. The network of sixteen camera traps throughout the Refuge have captured photos of numerous small mammals and pumas roaming freely throughout this large protected area.

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A Jaguar (Panthera onca) roams the Osa National Wildlife Refuge.

Finally, our Wetlands Project has gotten off the ground! This program, in its first six months of implementation, aims to strengthen the institutional presence of MINAE in the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands and to develop sustainable economic opportunities for neighboring communities. So far, our project team has participated in five community events to facilitate communication with these local residents.

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Miscellaneous

Costa Rica and the World Bank sign novel REDD+ agreement

by Florencia Franzini

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Members of the Costa Rican government, including president Laura Chinchilla, and representatives from the World Bank sign a landmark REDD+ agreement. Photo Credit: the World Bank.

On September 10, 2013, Costa Rica and the World Bank, acting for the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, signed a letter of intent stating the terms of negotiation for its Emissions Reduction Payment Agreement. The ERPA would allow for the FCPF to purchase carbon emissions, or “carbon credits,” for up to a value of $63 million – making Costa Rica the first nation to access large-scale payments for conserving and regenerating its forests and scaling up agro-forestry systems for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods.

The carbon credits purchase program aims to conserve and regenerate forest and sustainably develop 340,000 hectares (840,200 acres) of privately owned land. Aside from the large scale, this program stands out due to the fact that 10% of the targeted land belongs to indigenous peoples. Costa Rica will allow these landowners to participate in the Payments for Environmental Services program, put into effect by the National Forestry Fund and the Minister of Environment and Energy in 1997 to compensate landowners for planting and protecting trees on their land, and for enriching biodiversity conservation of the local ecosystem.

This proposed Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) concept is one of the first programs that has been undertaken on a national scale, and is by far one of the largest programs of its kind. Costa Rica has long been a pioneer in the preservation of its ecological habitats and in its aim to promote sustainability and green growth, so it comes as no surprise that they should be willing to take part in this innovative project. Costa Rica also hopes the REDD+ scheme will help contribute to the country’s bold carbon neutrality goal by 2021. Estimate show that about 80% of the projected carbon emissions reduction will be coming from this project alone.

The World Bank supports the REDD+ scheme due to the fact that efforts will contribute to the management of forest and agricultural landscapes through a ecologically integrated approach, but they are also looking at this program to provide an increase in sustainable wood production, to promote the use of certified wood products, and to create new employment opportunities for small scale farmers.

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Miscellaneous, Sea Turtles

Thank You to all our Staff and Volunteers

RFA’s and interns pose for a photo at our annual Sea Turtle festival this past September

November is the peak of the rainy season here in Osa, an ideal time for staying in, curling up with a good book and listening to the sheets of rain pelt the tin roof. Not so for the OC staff and our brave visitors and volunteers who have been working rain and shine to help us with various conservation projects! This month we’re finishing up the Sea Turtle season and will be saying our goodbyes to our amazing Research Field Assistants that have made the program possible. Sai, Emily, Bre and Katie, we are incredibly grateful for your dedication and contribution this season. Thank you also to Katharine, Jamie and Alyssa, our field assistants who joined us for the first half of the season and all of our volunteers.

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Miscellaneous

Osa Travel: More than just holes in the road

By Hansel Herrera Vargas

Hansel Herrera Vargas, a Costa Rican biologist with a Bachelor’s degree from Berry College, Georgia, USA, is Osa Conservation’s new volunteer coordinator. The following is his first-hand account of his move to the Osa. Hansel  has been very busy this summer, as the 2012 Sea Turtle Volunteer Program is well under way. Apply today for this opportunity to experience the wonderful Osa Peninsula!

Mamon Chino (Photo: Mario Melendez)

I embarked on my first journey to the Osa Peninsula just before sunset on a rainy July afternoon. The road south brought glimpses of a magical landscape where the  jungle mixes with the sea. My lungs filled with dozens of new scents: the sweet smell of Mamon Chino (Nephelium lappaceum), the soft smell of Carambola (Averrhoa carambola), the stench of Nonis (Morinda citrifolia), the Mimbro fruit (Averrhoa bilimbí), guava (Inga edulis), cocoa (Theobroma cacao), and many others.

The road to Puerto Jimenez brings one across many rivers and many histories. There are dozens of towns and cities dotting the road from Costa Rica’s capital to the Osa, and the nine hour bus ride is filled with sightings of beautiful mountains and valleys, exotic birds, and ancient trees.

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Miscellaneous

Hunters Exchange Rifles for Photographs in the Osa Peninsula

In an effort to prove that it is better to be armed with a keen knowledge of the forest and the movements of animals than with a hunting rifle, hunters from several communities in Osa joined photographers to capture wildlife (on film!) as part of a celebration that took place for International Wildlife Day (Día de la Vida Silvestre) which took place on July 29.

With the theme, “Wild Peccaries and My Community,” they announced the winners of the photography contest, in which the communities of Los Planes, Progreso, Los Ángeles, and Drake participated. These communities are known for the presence of hunting. They spent the day walking trails and using their hunting skills to track boars, cats, peccaries, and other wildlife.

Hunters from Los Planes, El Progreso, Rincón, Los Ángeles and Drake  – all communities in Osa – took part in the event. The photo competition was sponsored by ACOSA (Osa Conservation Area) with the help of various NGOs including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Corcovado Foundation, The Nature ConservancyYaguaráAscona, and Osa Conservation. Our own wonderful Pilar Bernal helped organize and coordinate the event. You can see the article below for more information about this successful effort to regulate hunting in favor of biodiversity protection.  Thanks to everyone who participated!

Check out this article to learn more! [Spanish]