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Science and Research / 02.05.2020

Blog by: Ing. Leonardo Álvarez, Associated botanist researcher, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica Since I was a young boy, I have felt a great fascination toward natural life. I was eager to learn about everything that composes and occurs in its systems. Every time I had the chance, I asked my parents to go out to a National Park, and I would rather celebrate my birthday – or any important date – outside instead of at a party or in the city. Also, for me it was more fun...

Uncategorized / 02.05.2020

Blog by Javier Rodríguez-González, Mangrove Restoration Project Coordinator Globally, mangrove ecosystems are being destroyed 3-5 times faster than terrestrial forests. The main threat is a change in land use caused by aquaculture, agriculture and over exploitation of resources; another threat is climate change, which results in rising sea levels and an increased impact from storms. [caption id="attachment_18644" align="aligncenter" width="348"] Aerial image of the HNTS showing fragmented areas of the ecosystem due to the fern (Acrostichium aureum). Photo by: Batsú Estudio.[/caption] The South Pacific of Costa Rica is home to the largest...

Community Outreach / 09.04.2020

Blog by Keylin Castro, student at the Tropical Ecology & Conservation Leadership For eight weeks I had the opportunity to live in the amazing Osa Peninsula. Every day I spent there I fell in love a little more with that impressive place and the desire to live and work there increased. I can confirm from direct experience that here is 2.5% of the world's biodiversity. Every day when I woke up I listened to the birds singing, different insects and all the primates on the peninsula. Every morning on...

Community Outreach / 01.04.2020

Blog by Francine Guido, student at the Tropical Ecology & Conservation Leadership At the beginning of Osa Conservation's field course, I was expecting to learn about the conservation of wildlife and the rainforest in the Osa Peninsula. But what does it take to make conservation? Soon I realized it's all about the people. [caption id="attachment_18602" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sharing information with people from the Osa communities about what makes a healthy river. Healthy Rivers Program’ stand for Alvaro Ugalde Day. Photo: Jonathan Navarro.[/caption] When you think about conservation, what do you picture?...

Uncategorized / 25.03.2020

Blog by María José Álvarez, student at the Tropical Ecology & Conservation Leadership Course When I started the Tropical Ecology and Conservation Leadership course, I was excited to learn and share knowledge with conservation experts. Thanks to the teachers, I learned about strategies to investigate how the distribution of species changes according to their ecosystem through on-site techniques such as the use of trap cameras and remotely as with the use of aerial drones. In addition, I learned invaluable lessons on how to disseminate science to many different groups...

Uncategorized / 19.03.2020

Blog by Eblim Pereyra  I am going to tell you how my adventure for Osa began. When I saw an announcement that there was a course that would give me the opportunity to spend 8 weeks in the Osa Peninsula, I didn't hesitate and send the request, because let's face it, who wouldn't want to spend 8 weeks in Osa? A notification that I had been accepted in the course and now if the dream was real, I were going to spend 8 weeks in Osa. The biggest adventure I...

Aquatic Health, Marine Conservation / 05.03.2020

Blog by: Jorge De la O, student at Leadership Field Course  The tropical rainforest of the Osa Peninsula exhales mists of steam as the sun rises and this time was no exception. The condensation of water vapor could be observed on the plants early in the morning when we were heading to Golfo Dulce, a hilarious and spectacular place. The sea seems pure crystal and allows us to observe the secrets of the seabed formed by coral structures that have been built by nature over the centuries. Being able...

Community Outreach / 26.02.2020

Blog by: Natalia Gómez Solano, student at the Tropical Ecology & Conservation Leadership Course "Only what is loved is protected and only what is known is loved" –Jacques Cousteau. We have spent six weeks at Osa Conservation, which has allowed us to get to know various ecosystems within the Osa Peninsula. Personally, I am in love with the Peninsula, it is an incredible place and always surprising, where small details constitute its immensity. In the course we have learned a variety of skills and acquired knowledge that supports our professional...

Uncategorized / 20.02.2020

PUERTO JIMENEZ, Costa Rica — Osa Conservation, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, welcomed over 250 guests to its Piro Biological Station to celebrate Álvaro Day on Saturday, February 15. Special guests included Minister of Environment and Energy Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Director of ACOSA Laura Rivera, the community of Rancho Quemado, local fishing groups, among others. The event commemorated the life of Álvaro Ugalde Víquez, a conservation pioneer who established Costa Rica’s National Park Service and served as a founding board member at Osa...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Science and Research / 15.01.2020

Blog by: Tara Jeffery, Botanic Program Research Field Assistant.  My main area of work is focusing on the production of trees for the arboretum and rewilding and restoration projects, which requires my team to venture into the forests to collect seeds from a range of tree species. To create a diverse collection of plants, it is important to use plants from different areas to fight against possible pest and disease problems. For this we have been across the Osa peninsula collecting ripe species. It can be difficult to predict...