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Uncategorized / 22.05.2018

Blogpost por Luis Carlos Solis, Asistencia Técnica El helecho de manglar, un oportunista en ambientes perturbados   Los manglares  son uno de los ecosistemas más amenazados del mundo. Costa Rica no es la excepción a este panorama donde día a día sus manglares son reducidos por influencia del ser humano a pesar de ser áreas protegidas por el gobierno. En total para Costa Rica se reportan más de 80 manglares lo que representa aproximadamente 41 002 hectáreas (101 318 acres), de ellas el 99% se encuentra en la zona pacífica. El Humedal Nacional...

Uncategorized / 22.05.2018

Blogpost written by Luis Carlos Solis, Technical Assistant The mangrove fern, an opportunist in disturbed environments Mangroves are one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world. Unfortunately, mangroves in Costa Rica are no exception -  every day, mangroves around the country are devastated due to human activity, despite being declared protected areas . There are more than 80 protected mangroves identified in Costa Rica, representing approximately 41,002 hectares (101 318 acres), of which 99% are located in the Pacific. Just north of the Osa,  Térraba Sierpe National Wetland stands...

Uncategorized / 20.03.2018

Blogpost por Juan Carlos Cruz, Feline Program Coordinator Era una mañana caliente pero húmeda, como es usual en ésta área durante la temporada seca. Es difícil mantener el paso mientras caminamos en un  sendero a través del bosque. El terreno es empinado y la humedad mezclada con el vapor caliente que emana el suelo nos hace sudar como si estuviéramos corriendo un maratón. Es la última parte de subidas y finalmente llegamos a la cadena de montañas que atraviesa al Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas. Estamos ahora en la cima...

Uncategorized / 20.03.2018

Blog written by Juan Carlos Crus Diaz, Feline Program Coordinator I can clearly remember:  It was a hot but humid morning, which is common in this area during the dry season. As we walk through the rainforest, we struggle to keep our pace on the trail - it is steep and the humidity make us feel like we are running a marathon. We come to the last hill and finally reach the ridge of the mountain chain that goes through Piedras Blancas National Park. We summit the top and...

Uncategorized / 02.02.2018

Blogpost por Luis Carlos Solis, Asistencia Técnica El 2 de febrero de cada año se celebra el  Día Mundial de los Humedales,  fecha en que se adoptó la Convención sobre los Humedales. Se denomina humedal a todas aquellas áreas que permanecen inundadas o por lo menos, con suelos saturados de agua durante amplios periodos de tiempo; de manera que el agua define su estructura y funciones ecológicas. Los humedales son vitales para la supervivencia humana; son de los ecosistemas más productivos del planeta y albergan una diversidad biológica y...

Uncategorized / 02.02.2018

Blogpost written by Luis Carlos Solis, Asistencia Técnica   World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2 of each year, the date on which the Convention on Wetlands was adopted. Wetland is all those areas that remain flooded or at least, with soils saturated with water for long periods of time – thus, water defines its structure and ecological functions. Wetlands are vital for human survival. As one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, they harbor a biological diversity and water sources on which countless species of plants...

Uncategorized / 03.01.2018

Blogpost by Luis Carlos Solis, Asistencia Técnica We are excited to present the results of the "First Junior Christmas Bird Count, Península de Osa 2017" in conjunction with the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Fundación Neotrópica and 16 educational centers in the Osa. During this special day, participants saw a total of 93 different species and 595 individual birds! Throughout the event, school children learned about the importance of local and migratory birds and their habitat,  helping to create the next generation of guardians for Osa's natural heritage. The logo of...

Uncategorized / 29.12.2017

Blogpost written by Hanae Garrison,  Volunteer 4:30 am - I rise before the sun has woken up and while the nocturnal organisms are still out. I shove some food into my body in preparation of the day ahead. Another volunteer and I are staying at the cabins near the farm, where Osa Conservation grows much of their fresh vegetables, fruits, medicinal plants, and cares for their animals, restoration plots, botanic garden and much more. 5:00 am - After gearing up with our head lamps and day packs, we head out...

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 / 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)...