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...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Uncategorized / 28.02.2013

By: Larry Villalobos and Autumn Rauchwerk When a troop of squirrel monkeys passes near the station it is like watching a band of teenagers. Their antics are of course cute, and they look like they are happy and having fun. Of the four species of monkeys found in Costa Rica, squirrel monkeys are the smallest, weighing about one and a half pounds. This puts them at about the same size as a squirrel. Their fur is a rich orange color, and their faces are unbelievably expressive. These aspects make...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Science and Research, Uncategorized / 17.01.2013

In addition to celebrating a great year in 2012, Osa Conservation recently honored two staff members as outstanding employees of the year. If you have visited us here in Osa, these are most likely familiar faces. Thanks Agustín and Manuel for all of your hard work and for being such integral and exemplary members of the Osa Conservation team.  Agustín Mendoza Augustín has been working with OC for five years on our land stewardship and maintenance team but has lived in Osa for 38. He grew up in Cerro Arbolito a remote...

Uncategorized / 06.06.2011

By Karen Leavelle [caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignleft" width="187" caption="Female Yellow-billed Cotinga on the day of her tagging Feb. 15, 2011"][/caption] It really is like no other bird that I have seen. These birds are truly beautiful with movements and behavioral characteristics unique to its species.   These big black eyes belong to a male Yellow-billed Cotinga (Carpodectes antoniae), a highly endangered Costa Rican resident bird species.  It is also know locally as the Cotinga Piquiamarillo. He is just one of a dwindling number remaining here in the southern pacific coastal slope of Costa...