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Uncategorized / 31.10.2017

Blogpost written by Eleanor Flatt, Restoration and Biodiversity Research Field Assistant Many intensely biodiverse tropical rainforests are not only inhabited by wonderful wildlife but also by people who call it their home. In these areas, farms offer opportunity to grow crops or maintain livestock in order to provide income for their families. In an ideal world, these two landscapes would be separated and conflicts would not exist. However, located where the rainforest meets farm, there is a matrix where the flora and fauna interact and where human-wildlife conflicts...

Uncategorized / 25.10.2017

Blogpost by Ruthmery Pillco Huarcaya, Biodiversity & Conservation Projects Coordinator and Botanical Assistant After a long but successful morning collecting specimens for the botanical garden we headed back to the station, excitement and rumbling stomachs in tow. Suddenly, one small plant close to the trail caught my eye. I curiously approached it, going in for a closer look. What was it? I called over our botanical assistant Marvin to pick his brain. Immediately he smiled with happiness and enthusiastically screamed: “It is a passiflora, collection number 11 for the...

Uncategorized / 18.10.2017

Blog written by Abigail Fields, Osa Conservation DC Intern Imagine hundreds of tiny green and yellow masses moving all around on a leaf. They shift up and down, sashaying side to side, stepping on top of one another as they move in different directions. Small, light green buds can be seen around the masses as well. No, these aren’t bugs, but actually an army of gliding tree frogs and their eggs. Each year during the rainy season explosive breeding takes place, leading to these gatherings of frogs. The frogs mate...

Uncategorized / 12.10.2017

Blog by Megan Tudor, previous Sea Turtle Volunteer The wet season in the Osa Peninsula is just that—very wet. For the past three weeks, I have been out trekking in torrential rain, both first thing in the morning and late at night, while working on the sea turtle program. I also had the opportunity to help with various other important field research tasks being carried out by the incredible team at Osa Conservation. [caption id="attachment_10534" align="aligncenter" width="364"] Megan performs a pH test from a water sample[/caption] One project that I especially...

Uncategorized / 04.10.2017

Blog written by Juan Carlos Crus Diaz, Feline Program Coordinator The white-lipped peccary is a species that represents the tropical forests of Latin America just as much as the jaguar or tapir; however, they are often not nearly as well known. The white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari), or “chancho de monte,” has a range from Southern Mexico to Northern Argentina. They are a very important species for tropical forests because they directly benefit the regional biodiversity. When they search for worms and seeds on the ground, they move around the soil  making...

Uncategorized / 04.10.2017

Blogpost por Juan Carlos Cruz, Feline Program Coordinator   Una especie que representa a los bosques tropicales de Latinoamérica tanto como un jaguar o un tapir, es sin duda el Chancho de monte, sin embargo no se conoce mucho de ellos. El Chancho de monte o Pecarí de labios blancos se distribuye desde el Sur de México hasta el Norte de Argentina y es la presa principal del Jaguar por excelencia, haciendo que su relación con el máximo depredador del continente sea aún mas interesante. Los chanchos de monte (Tayassu pecari)...