Uncategorized / 14.02.2018

Manuel Sánchez es el coordinador del programa de tortugas marinas y un asistente de investigación para Conservación Osa. Las primeras lluvias. Luego de seis largos meses de una época seca, por fin llegaron las lluvias fuertes y volverán a despertar el bosque, y con ellos los que por este tiempo fueron escondidos. Empiezan las primeras ranas de vidrio a cantar en los riachuelos y ríos, el nivel del agua crece y tenemos las primeras crecidas de ellos. En canto la temporada de lluvia avanza muchos lugares y especie de anfibios...

Uncategorized / 29.11.2017

Blogpost by Luis Carlos Solis, Asistencia Técnico  Cada año a mediados del mes de diciembre y principios de enero  se organizan a nivel mundial conteos navideños de aves los cuales consisten en la identificación y registro del número de especies de aves observadas en un lapso de tiempo  determinado; es así como se establece una tradición en el mundo de los observadores de aves la cual es transmitida de generación en generación. La Península de Osa no es la excepción, donde organizaciones de toda índole en el mes de diciembre colaboran...

Uncategorized / 21.11.2017

Blog by Danielle Connor, Undergraduate Student at University of Exeter Earlier this year, I spent many hours following the endangered spider monkey in the Osa. As part of a new project being carried out by Osa Conservation and my own research with the University of Exeter, I looked for sleeping sites and latrines to better understand the ecological role of spider monkeys in seed dispersal and their potential to regenerate rainforests. [caption id="attachment_10440" align="aligncenter" width="422"] A spider monkey hangs from a tree[/caption]   Spider monkeys live in fission-fusion societies that split into smaller...

Uncategorized / 15.11.2017

Blogpost by Manuel Sanchez, Sea Turtle Conservation Program Coordinator   Nature is not always kind; sea turtles face a multitude of life threatening obstacles that reduce their chance of survival throughout their lives. Predation of eggs, hatchlings and adults by numerous predators is just one of the risks. Raccoons, coatis, opossums, crabs, dogs, birds and ants attack nests to indulge in an egg or a young sea turtle. Once the hatchling emerges from the nest, the challenge continues as hawks, pelicans, frigate birds, crabs and fish await a bite-size meal....

Aquatic Health, Community Outreach, Uncategorized / 07.11.2017

Blogpost by Hilary Brumberg, Ríos Saludables Program Coordinator  Students in bright blue uniforms dip nets into a small stream and retrieve soggy masses of leaves, branches, rocks, and candy wrappers. They comb through the leaves with plastic spoons, and excitedly pluck small insects and crustaceans from the foliage and place them into the stream water filled ice cube tray  - our fancy specimen holder. The students rush the specimens over to our identification station, a tree stump bearing a laminated booklet with dozens of pictures of aquatic critters. They methodically scan each...

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 / 27.09.2017

Video Blog by Dr. Andrew Whitworth, Director of Ecological Restoration and Biodiversity Conservation Osa Conservation has recently started a new research project to investigate the role of the endangered spider monkeys in dispersing seeds and restoring tropical forests in the Osa.  In this video blog below, Andy and his group of researchers are searching out the nightime sleeping trees of the spider monkeys and shows us some of their exciting "latrine site" discoveries. Check out the video below to learn more about this new project:   [video width="848" height="480" mp4="https://osaconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-09-08-VIDEO-00000265-2.mp4"][/video]   Stay tuned...