Uncategorized / 25.07.2013

Home to dozens of marine species, including the four turtles known to nest in the Osa, two species of dolphins, and even Whale Sharks, Gulfo Dulce is an incredible addition to the biodiverse rainforest that surrounds it (Bessesen, 2011). An inlet, protected from the rough waters of the Pacific, and with waters as deep as 300 meters, it is the perfect birthing spot for many animals, especially the majestic Humpback Whale (Golfo Dulce). This calm water paradise is also a beautiful and popular boating spot for locals and tourists, and...

Uncategorized / 22.07.2013

[gallery columns="2"] By Hansel Herrera Vargas The 2013 volunteer season began in the month of July and it seems good times are on their way… With so many volunteers on the calendar, dozens of sea turtles arriving on our beaches, and the hard work of the field assistants and interns, Osa Conservation is opening its doors and is beginning the 2013 volunteer season.  The first volunteers arrived last Friday and during a patrol had the good fortune of finding one of the most precious visitors of the Osa Peninsula.  On Sunday night...

Uncategorized / 17.07.2013

  By Madeline Crocker Neotropical migratory birds inspired an international agreement between Costa Rica and the United States last month.  These birds migrate back and forth between the United States and Canada and Central and South America.  They carry out important reproductive functions in the north and migrate south during the northern winter months, where food is more plentiful. The dual importance of both regions in the lives of these birds brought about a "sister parks" partnership, signed between Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), the St. Croix National...

Uncategorized / 09.07.2013

  By Gloriana Chaverri, Ph.D. Professor Universidad de Costa Rica   We have all heard about the different ways of attracting birds to our backyard. For example, people hang ripe bananas, provide plants with colorful flowers that are visited by hummingbirds, or place feeders with seeds. However, few people know how to attract bats into their backyards, and fewer yet would wish to given their bad reputation as blood-sucking elusive creatures. Osa Conservation, together with Fundación Universidad de Golfito, is using bat boxes to lure fruit-eating bats into areas that are in need...

Uncategorized / 25.06.2013

[caption id="attachment_5184" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Taken by Juan Carlos Cruz DíazJaguar: Track of Jaguar (Panthera onca) along the beach.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5186" align="aligncenter" width="218"] Taken by Juan Carlos Cruz Díaz.River Otter: Track of Neotropical River Otter (Lontra longicaudis) in River bank.[/caption] by: Juan Carlos Cruz Díaz When walking through the rain forest of Osa while appreciating its beauty, one rejoices to see a host of species that live there. It is common to see various birds singing and flying around, ants building highways in the forest, butterflies of different colors and shapes, and even...

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...