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Uncategorized / 04.04.2017

February 22, 2017 Blogpost by Carolina May (College of William and Mary)   After returning from our backpacking trip to Osa Conservation’s Cerro Arbolito, we spent the afternoon writing up Grinnell journal entries that described all of the species and ecological observations we noticed on our hike. The rest of the week we continued with field projects around the biological station. On early Wednesday morning, we went with Manuel, Osa Conservation's sea turtle research coordinator, to survey the beaches for turtle nests. Once we reached the beach, we turned our headlamps...

Uncategorized / 27.03.2017

February 13, 2017 Blogpost by Katie Goodwin, University of New Hampshire   The semester is getting under way here in Costa Rica! It has been about a week and a half since we got here but I think we all agree that our campsite at Osa Conservation's biological station  already feels like home. Really, we’ve only been here for a week, since the first few days of the program were spent in San José. We spent three nights after we arrived staying in a hotel near downtown San José. We woke up...

Uncategorized / 22.03.2017

Interview by Alejandra Rojas, Naturalist Guide and Avian Program Coordinator Holding either his camera and backpack, or plastic buckets filled with sand after releasing baby sea turtles, a young guy approaches the biological station from the trail where the rainforest meets the sea. It is Manuel Sánchez, Osa Conservation´s Sea Turtle Program coordinator. He was 5 years old when he saw a sea turtle for the first time. A fishing night with his father Miguel became an adventure when they discovered the tracks of a green sea turtle, which they followed to...

Uncategorized / 14.03.2017

Blogpost by Rachael Eplee, Rios Saludables Program Coordinator Hello all! My name is Rachael Eplee, and I am the coordinator for Osa Conservation’s Rios Saludables (Healthy Rivers) Program. I graduated in 2016 from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development.  In my first step into the professional world, I started working with Osa Conservation in July 2016 and have had the great pleasure of living in this rich and diverse environment ever since! My area of interest lies...

Uncategorized / 28.02.2017

Blogpost by Alejandra Rojas, Naturalist Guide and Avian Program Coordinator In a remote corner of southern Costa Rica, Osa Conservation runs a biological station that receives researchers from all over the world, as well as students and visitors who share a passion for conservation.  At this station, there is a complete team working on-site: A group of scientists, naturalists and environmentalists doing our very best to apply our knowledge to make conservation possible. I am excited to have recently joined Osa Conservation as their Naturalist Guide and Avian Program...

Uncategorized / 15.02.2017

Blogpost by Revée Needham ¡Buenos dias! My name is Revée Needham and I spent 4 weeks working in the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica with Osa Conservation from December 2016 to January 2017. I came to the Osa to complete my Alumni Memorial Scholar’s project through Colgate University. Majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography, I started my interest in agriculture after debating in class the ethics of eating meat. Since then, I have developed a passion for learning more about the food I eat and how to reform industrial...

Uncategorized / 01.02.2017

We are pleased to welcome new field staff to Osa Conservation! We are excited to have these wonderful new additions be a part of our team in the Osa Peninsula and we look forward to building on their expertise, knowledge and excellent enthusiasm to help us conserve "the most biologically intense place on earth." Please join us in welcoming Andy, Karla and Alejandra!     Dr. Andy Whitworth, Director of Ecological Restoration and Biodiversity Conservation He is originally from the UK; He lived and worked in Manu, Peru for the past...

Uncategorized, Volunteers and Visitors / 18.11.2016

A blog by: Cody Stockert Taking the opportunity to study for a block in Costa Rica is the best decision I have made in my four years at Cornell College. [caption id="attachment_9675" align="aligncenter" width="327"] This beach is located on the Osa peninsula of Costa Rica. My classmates and I accessed it using Osa conservation’s trails.[/caption]                         Why did I go to Costa Rica for class? Cornell College is unique because we have a block plan schedule, which means we take one course at...

Uncategorized / 11.11.2016

Written by Jeremy Novak (Cornell University Student) In all honesty The Great Hummingbird War is a tad misleading for three very important reasons: 1) it is really more of a series of fights; 2) it wasn’t that great, more or less as entertaining as the morning news; and 3) the most recent fight had nothing to do with a hummingbird, but rather a moth. The Great Hummingbird War does have one big thing going for it, it sounds a lot more exciting than The Just as Entertaining as the...

Marine Conservation / 28.10.2016

Why the name? Vibrant, showy, and brilliantly bold, Halloween Crabs are named, and famed, for their colorful costumes. They have a dark brown uppercase that is often confused for black, a bright orange body and purple claws and limbs. Their eyes are a vibrant yellow, complemented by two white spots at the rear part of their carapace. Many people are taken with the crabs' appearance and choose to make these lively creatures their pets. They are amazingly easy to handle and care for. Proper enclosure and careful measures of temperature and humidity will keep these crabs living a...