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Uncategorized / 10.06.2016

Hace poco menos de un año, el campo de la conservación perdió a uno de sus íconos, y tanto Osa como el Parque Nacional de Corcovado perdieron a su más grande defensor. El Parque Nacional de Corcovado, la joya de Osa, abarca un área de aproximadamente   50,000 hectáreas y fue  establecido en  1975. La fundación de este y otros parques nacionales fue dirigida por un pequeño grupo de tenaces conservacionista y visionarios, entre ellos  Álvaro Ugalde Víquez. La contribución que Álvaro Ugalde hizo en términos de conservación se extiende...

Uncategorized / 10.06.2016

A little over one year ago conservation lost one of its finest and both the Osa and Corcovado National Park lost their greatest champion. The founding of Corcovado National Park, the so-called jewel of the Osa, and other national parks was spearheaded by a few tenacious conservationists and visionaries, among them Alvaro Ugalde Viquiz. The contribution Alvaro Ugalde made to conservation extends far beyond this one park and the Osa – but he made no secret of the fact that Corcovado was his favorite park and the Osa was...

Uncategorized / 08.04.2016

By Ali Stahr The world has recognized that there is a new major environmental concern: the decrease of multiple bee species. This is extremely concerning because of the vital roles bees play in pollination. However, bees are not the only species suffering - there is an overall decrease in pollinators. Other such pollinators include butterflies and some species of vertebrae (hummingbirds, bats, etc). The U.N. has shed some light on the dilemma in a recently released report that analyzed 3,000 scientific papers. From the reports, they concluded that 40%...

Sea Turtles, Volunteers and Visitors / 08.01.2016

Sea Turtles Galore! We just wrapped up the peak sea turtle season here in Osa and are proud to announce that this year we released over 20,000 baby sea turtles! The hatchlings were from nests relocated to our hatchery because they were vulnerable to predation or to the whims of the river that runs along and often through the beach OC monitors. Since these nests were likely to have been lost altogether, our hard working volunteers and staff have given 20,000 more sea turtles a chance to make it in this...

Marine Conservation, Science and Research, Sea Turtles / 11.12.2015

Written by: Sukee Bennett There’s something about measuring squirming sea turtle hatchlings that automatically puts a smile on my face. But this batch of babies was extra special. They were from a nest that I relocated on my very first patrol on Piro, way back in the beginning of September. A little over fifty days later, and the ping-pong shaped eggs I once placed in a bucket and buried in the hatchery had resulted in one hundred flipper-flapping babies. I was enthralled. Flash-forward two hours later, when my fellow Research...

Uncategorized / 04.12.2015

Escrito por: Tabea Zimmerman Este viernes y sábado Diciembre 11-12, la Estación Biológica Piro se llenó de actividades con motivo del taller de Ríos Saludables de Osa (RSO). Catorce miembros de comunidades alrededor de la Península de Osa, así como empleados de Conservación Osa (CO) se reunieron para conmemorar y reflexionar acerca del primer año del programa de monitoreo de ríos y también para pasarlo bien. Las metas del taller incluyeron: proveer un espacio donde los (nuevos y no tan nuevos) participantes tuviesen la ocasión de conocerse, dar entrenamiento y práctica sobre los protocolos...

Uncategorized / 04.12.2015

Written By: Tabea Zimmerman On Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, Piro Station bustled with activities from the Ríos Saludables de Osa (RSO) year-end workshop. Fourteen community members from across the Osa Peninsula plus four staff members gathered for a time of sharing and reflection, re-training, and envisioning for what Ríos Saludables would like to achieve in 2016. Our workshop goals were for community volunteers and staff to get to know each other (we had several monitoring groups join us for the first time!), to provide training and practice with all monitoring protocols, and...

Uncategorized / 09.10.2015

They say that life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Read about how one Osa Conservation research assistant ended up working with us in a happy twist of fate! My name is Casey Walker and I am a recent graduate from the Environmental Studies program at the College of Idaho in the United States. Sometimes it does not matter how much you plan out your life because life has a plan for you already. [caption id="attachment_8483" align="alignleft" width="228"] Research Assistant Casey Walker[/caption] I have always known...