Uncategorized / 17.06.2013

By Pilar Bernal   The Education and Outreach Program is working with students from 10 schools in workshops on major ecosystems of the Osa Peninsula and the great biodiversity that each ecosystem houses. In the space of two lessons (90 minutes each), students learn about the characteristics and importance of the cloud forest, the flooded forest, the tropical rainforest, mangroves, and the marine ecosystem and how to identify each one by a set of representative species. In the coming months we will continue with workshops on climate change and waste management. On World...

Uncategorized / 10.06.2013

[caption id="attachment_5060" align="alignnone" width="300"] The event poster.[/caption] By Jaime González Acosta The celebration of World Wetlands Day in the Wilderness Protected Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands has been held for twenty-three years, and is one of the most continuous and stable events in the Osa Conservation Area. The event for 2013 began with activities in the central park of the Sierpa de Osa community, with a boat tour to follow. In the park, local high schools and the University of Costa Rica displayed the importance of conserving the wetlands and the challenges of global...

Uncategorized / 04.06.2013

  [caption id="attachment_5047" align="alignnone" width="300"] Taken by Manuel Sanchez[/caption] By: Manuel Sanchez Turtle season is about to begin, and a new hatchery is under construction on Piro beach. This will help protect at least 120 nests that are presently endangered by the behavior of rivers, high tide and predation. With the help of volunteers like Jabirú group, the new hatchery is almost complete and we hope to start relocating nests in July and watching the first hatchlings emerge in early September. [caption id="attachment_5048" align="alignnone" width="300"] Taken by Manuel Sanchez Taken by Manuel Sanchez Taken...

Uncategorized / 09.05.2013

By: Pilar Bernal World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated during the month of May in over 80 countries. This celebration began in 2006 and is an awareness campaign about the conservation of migratory birds and their ecosystems throughout the world. Every year the campaign focuses on a theme; for this year, 2013, the theme is “Creating networks to conserve migratory birds”. This theme aims to raise people’s awareness of the importance of the networks or connections among ecosystems, and to preserve the health of the indispensable habitats for the lifecycle...

Uncategorized / 01.05.2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bODoCCvaFEg   by: Max and Agustín While walking by the Piro River a few days ago on one of our patrols to ensure the protection of the Osa Wildlife Refuge, Agustín recorded an awe-inspiring video. Agustín told me, “I was walking upstream when I saw a large animal that was moving only a few meters away from me. I silently approached the animal and discovered that it was an otter hunting crabs and shrimp; the agility with which he caught them really impressed me.” The otter (Lontra longicaudis) resides in healthy rivers and streams...

Birds, Uncategorized / 24.04.2013

by: Craig Thompson [caption id="attachment_4977" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Photo provided by: Ellen GennrichPhoto taken by: Nito Paniagua[/caption] There’s a new sheriff in town and this one has style. Sporting a black, spiky crest, zebra-striped legs and rich rufous trim, the Ornate Hawk Eagle is one of the American tropics most beautiful raptors. When seen standing, members of this genus (Spizaetus) appear to be wearing finely knit socks, an image conveyed by dense feathers running the length of their legs. But don’t be fooled by fancy plumage. This bird plays hardball. Accomplished at...

Uncategorized / 18.04.2013

By: Karen Leavelle   Imagine yourself walking through old growth tropical lowland rainforest in the very early morning hours just before the sun begins to rise.  Here you find yourself surrounded by cool morning air, a cacophony of wildlife and the dawn chorus of literally hundreds of birds.  This particular lowland rainforest is one that meets the Rio Esquinas which flows out into the Golfo Dulce and cuts through Piedras Blancas National Park and Lomas de Sierpe.  These two areas are extremely important protected areas that form part of a...

Uncategorized / 10.04.2013

By Hansel Herrera The first rains hit the hills and valleys of the Osa Peninsula. Quickly, the landscape changes from a dry brown to a young green with the scent of flowers and fresh fruit in the air. The giant cenízaro tree (Samanea saman) motionlessly withstands the season change and humbly mixes with the green shoots of the surrounding vegetation. During the dry season, its enormous canopy in the shape of an umbrella gradually releases the moisture carefully trapped during the rainy season. With a top that easily triples its...

Uncategorized / 29.03.2013

by Andrea Johnson Ah, tropical birdwatching. I fancy myself a late-blooming birder: after being dragged along on innumerable chilly warbler walks in the drab woods of northeast Ohio as a child, I ultimately discovered that I had caught my parents’ bug only while on a college fieldtrip to Costa Rica, watching swallow-tailed kites carve air sculptures above a plunging rainforest valley. I’ve subsequently learned to appreciate the subtler pleasures of species that skulk instead of soar, of being able (at least sometimes) to differentiate between a zillion species of...

Uncategorized / 20.03.2013

By: Pilar Bernal In order to instill an environmentally-focused culture and sense of environmental responsibility, the Public Ministry of Education (MEP) promotes the Blue Flag Ecological Program. Each year educational centers must carry out activities outlined in a work plan, which comply with the requirements to obtain the Blue Flag Ecological Award. These requirements are evaluated based on the following criteria: water quality, disaster risk management, environmental education, sanitary services, clean and safe spaces and reports of activities carried out throughout the year. Environmental education accounts for 35% of the...