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The jungle at Osa Peninsula, the best classroom ever

By María José Álvarez, student at the Tropical Ecology & Conservation Leadership Course

When I started the Tropical Ecology and Conservation Leadership course, I was excited to learn and share knowledge with conservation experts. Thanks to the teachers, I learned about strategies to investigate how the distribution of species changes according to their ecosystem through on-site techniques such as the use of trap cameras and remotely as with the use of aerial drones. In addition, I learned invaluable lessons on how to disseminate science to many different groups of people; I was already educating children with the game, sharing research through the media and touching people’s hearts to support my research. All essential aspects to conserve the invaluable resources of nature and thus the prosperity of the human species.

Learning how to use equipment for tourism and monitoring of bird with Dr. Alan F. Poole. Photo: Keylin Castro.
Learning how to monitor drones for monitoring the changes in forest cover with Dra. Claire Burke. Photo: Eblim Pereira.

Not only did I learn a lot from the teachers, but my classmates also taught me a lot every day. I was able to learn about their experience as young and passionate biologists who are gradually getting immersed in conservation. His commitment and dedication inspired me and inspired me to improve every day, not to give up and to move forward despite the difficulties that come my way. I know that in them I have invaluable allies for my professional future and I hope to have their experience so that we can make Costa Rica a prosperous country in the hands of nature.

Group photo of me and my classmates at the Tropical Ecology and Conservation Leadership course. Photo: Nina Cordero.

After all, I learned a thousand and one invaluable lessons from each of the people who lived or visited the Piro Biological Station. This place turned out to be the meeting point of conservationists who try to solve very complex problems for conservation worldwide. Many of them are extremely passionate about their work and willing to share knowledge with those who also want to protect nature. Osa Conservation is definitely a leader in conservation not only for his own work but for all the alliances they have created around the world; including the ones they got by opening their doors to young conservationists like me and the rest of my classmates.

Studying the bees of Osa Península with Siam McGuinness, an intern at Osa Conservation. Photo: Marvin López.

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