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Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration / 05.03.2014

This two-part series chronicles the efforts of Osa Conservation and Amazon Conservation Team to learn from one another’s conservation strategies through staff visits to each other's field sites and the ensuing exchange of knowledge and experience.   My first time in the Amazon by Agustín Mendoza, Land Stewardship and Maintenance, Osa Conservation [caption id="attachment_5846" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Agustín (right, tan shirt) talks about native seed collection and forest restoration.[/caption] I arrived on the Osa Peninsula well over 39 years ago; since I was young I worked the land with my father, through him learning the...

Uncategorized / 26.02.2014

Conservación Osa (Costa Rica) y Amazon Conservation Team (Colombia) comparten conocimientos y ideas a través de visitas de miembros de sus equipos de campo   Mi viaje a Costa Rica y la Península de Osa por Wilmar Bahamón Díaz, ACT-Colombia [caption id="attachment_5848" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Agustin demuestra como colectar semillas nativas del bosque.[/caption] Nací en el campo, desde niño exploraba mi vereda, caminaba por largas horas en el monte siguiendo los caminos de hormigas, jugaba con los pescados de las quebradas, me trepaba como podía a los árboles para degustar guayabas, uvillas de monte,...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration / 26.02.2014

This two-part series chronicles the efforts of Osa Conservation and Amazon Conservation Team to learn from one another’s conservation strategies through staff visits to each other's field sites and the ensuing exchange of knowledge and experience.   My trip to Costa Rica and the Osa Peninsula by Wilmar Diaz Bahamón, Field Projects Manager, ACT Colombia [caption id="attachment_5848" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Agustin shows Wilmar and ACT how to climb trees to collect native seeds in the forest.[/caption] I was born in the countryside. As a child I explored my small town walking for hours in...

Uncategorized / 18.02.2014

by: Lauren Limpuma & Lindsay Metz [caption id="attachment_5799" align="aligncenter" width="627"] Voluntaria Alisa Wang recoge huevos de tortugas marinas vulnerables de la playa para mover a nuestro criadero.[/caption] La Temporada de Tortugas Marinas 2013 de la Conservación Osa ha terminado, y que año espectacular que fue! Desde la inauguración de la nueva planta de incubación de tortugas hasta el festival anual en la playa Carate, fue un año emocionante y exitoso para el programa de conservación de tortugas marinas de CO. La Osa es el hogar de cuatro especies de tortugas marinas:...

Science and Research, Sea Turtles, Volunteers and Visitors / 18.02.2014

by: Lauren Lipuma and Lindsay Metz [caption id="attachment_5799" align="aligncenter" width="627"] Volunteer Alisa Wang collects vulnerable turtle eggs from the beach for relocation to our hatchery.[/caption] The 2013 Sea Turtle Season at Osa Conservation has ended, and what a spectacular year it was! From the opening of the new turtle hatchery to the annual festival on Carate beach, it was an exciting and successful year for OC’s sea turtle conservation program. The Osa is home to four species of sea turtles: Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, and Pacific Green. Our beaches mainly support...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Miscellaneous / 12.02.2014

[caption id="attachment_5289" align="alignnone" width="857"] Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands, Costa Rica. Photo credit: Cavu[/caption] By: Luis Williams Community Planning - Wetlands Program A functional environment is built on a day-to-day basis, from all sectors of society, and a fundamental support for environmental security comes from the participation of local citizens. In many cases, local organizations become protagonists that can either complement or detract from the government’s role in supporting a functioning environment. At Osa Conservation, we aim to highlight the responsibility of citizen participation by presenting useful information to voters during this year’s...

Uncategorized / 31.01.2014

Por: Luis Williams Planificación Comunitaria-Programa Humedales [caption id="attachment_5289" align="alignnone" width="857"] Terraba Sierpe wetlands, Costa Rica. Photo credit: Cavu[/caption] Un ambiente funcional se construye en el día a día desde todas las trincheras, y un asunto fundamental para construirlo es el ejercicio democrático a través de la participación ciudadana. En muchos casos, las organizaciones civiles toman un rol protagónico, para complementar o contrarrestar el papel del gobierno. Desde Conservación Osa, queremos hacer visible la responsabilidad de participar, presentando información útil, de cara a las elecciones presidenciales, como parte de aquel ejercicio democrático....

Aves, Birds, Miscellaneous, Volunteers and Visitors / 27.12.2013

It’s that time of year again - birding time! Aside from the hundreds of native tropical birds who reside in the Osa, the peninsula is also winter home for many North American migratory birds. Every spring, they return to nest - the Scarlet Tanager, the Indigo Bunting, the Golden-Winged Warbler, the Baltimore Oriole, and scores of other migrant songbirds. And every winter, they make the perilous journey back to the rainforests of Central America to wait out the long cold season. Unfortunately, their wintering grounds are under intense pressure...

Uncategorized / 20.12.2013

Por: Pilar Bernal, Gerente de Educación Ambiental y Extensión Comunitaria [caption id="attachment_5766" align="alignnone" width="1863"] Estudiantes realizan pruebas de la calidad de agua en la Osa.[/caption]   El Club Ambiental las hormigas defensoras de Osa, integrado por 15 estudiantes de 4to grado de la Escuela Saturnino Cedeño de Puerto Jiménez, iniciaron un programa de monitoreo de la calidad del agua de la Quebrada la Ignacia, el pasado noviembre. Esta quebrada pasa por el pueblo de Puerto Jiménez y en ella se estará analizando sus características físico-químicas y biológicas una vez por mes. ...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Science and Research / 20.12.2013

by Pilar Bernal, Environmental Education and Community Outreach Program Manager [caption id="attachment_5766" align="alignnone" width="1863"] Local students perform tests to measure water quality of streams in the Osa.[/caption]   Osa’s Ant Defenders, an environmental club composed of 15 fourth grade students from the Saturnino Cedeño School in Puerto Jiménez, have started a program to monitor the water quality of Osa’s waterways this past November - starting with Quebrada la Ignacia, a stream that passes through town. These students will be analyzing the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of the stream once a...