My adventure in Osa!

Blog by Eblim Pereyra 

I am going to tell you how my adventure for Osa began. When I saw an announcement that there was a course that would give me the opportunity to spend 8 weeks in the Osa Peninsula, I didn’t hesitate and send the request, because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to spend 8 weeks in Osa? A notification that I had been accepted in the course and now if the dream was real, I were going to spend 8 weeks in Osa.

The biggest adventure I had was to get out of my comfort zone and enter a world that I knew little about, the ecology of the tropical forest, I often felt lost but with the help of all my classmates I was located, I literally felt like a fish out of water. I learned about many topics of ecology and restoration from how to program to how to communicate the science that is done, through different restoration techniques, its components, piloting drones and doing environmental education, always thinking about how to apply all that knowledge to the ocean conservation.

Visiting Raising Coral’s coral nurseries for coral restoration. Photo: Jorge De la O. 

One of the greatest lessons that I have left of these 8 weeks is that to do conservation it is necessary to work in a team, which is interdisciplinary, that we “scientists” cannot do it alone, that the people of the communities are great allies and key elements to continue conserving and protecting our resources, such as the great example that is the community of Rancho Quemado, there Doña Yolanda and Don Trino said words that were left open in my head, in conservation “One sows and others collect” and “Everything that is done is not for us is for Costa Rica. ”

In this adventure I also met those who became my family throughout this time, and what a family we were, we learned to take care of ourselves, help and support each other, always with jokes and laughs. My adventure was also a cultural enrichment thanks to the great variety of nationalities and cultures with which I could interact, where I learned a little from each one.

Small family full of laughs. Photo: Nina Cordero. 

 

What I will miss most about this great place is the sound of monkeys and Macaws upon waking up and warn that it is time for coffee in the afternoon, the sun’s rays slipping through the canopy to light the way, where always a morph butterflies accompanied us, being able to move from the beach to the forest in less than 15 minutes, the intrigue of not knowing what you could find and the sunsets on the beach, but above all the feeling of being at home. Undoubtedly, Osa has been one of the best places I’ve been to and an adventure that I will always carry in my heart.

Enjoying a sunset in Playa Piro. Photo: Keylin Castro.

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