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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...

Uncategorized / 14.10.2016

This blog and all photos were provided by: Steve Ressel|Professor at College of the Atlantic This past August, I had the good fortune to visit Piro Biological Station for a few days. Piro was one stop on a seven-day scouting trip with another colleague where we explored different areas in the Osa for a future tropical ecology course. My days at Piro BioStation were few in number and mostly filled with logistical considerations associated with bringing students down to the Osa. However, I still left overwhelmed by the amount of...

Uncategorized / 07.10.2016

A blog entry by Vedant Jain (University of California Berkeley) Hi folks or should I say Pura Vida! Here is a little snippet of one of the adventures we had here. On Wednesday morning, after a nice late start we headed to the Piro station where we met with Manuel Sanchez who gave us an introduction to the four species of local sea turtles and the sea turtle conservation efforts on the Osa Peninsula. Turtle conservation is especially important because sea turtle eggs face dangers from factors such as...

Uncategorized / 23.09.2016

What is breadfruit? As its name suggests, breadfruit is a fruit that has the same texture as baked bread and it has what many call a potato-like flavor. Part of the Mulberry Tree family that originated in the South Pacific region, almost 300 years ago, this overlooked flowering tree has recently become a hot topic in discussing hunger, poverty and nutrition. With multiple health benefits and the nutritional value this fruit provides, breadfruit could be the next super food and staple. History of Breadfruit Originally from present-day New Guinea, breadfruit has...

Uncategorized / 16.09.2016

Cats of the Osa Osa Conservation has recently been featured in a New York Times article that highlights our Wildlife Monitoring Program. Our extensive monitoring program captures images of wildlife and their prey in order to research their abundance within Corcovado National Park, Osa Conservation properties and other private landowners and partners in collaboration with the National University of Costa Rica (UNA). These images tell a story; they helped bring to light that the estimated fifty jaguars (a 2005 estimation) that were found in the Osa Peninsula has dwindled down to between an...

Community Outreach, Uncategorized / 09.09.2016

What are Ecosystem Services? The concept of ecosystem services was developed in order to express the value that nature has to people and the benefits we derive from it. Types of Ecosystem Services There are three types of ecosystem services:  direct services, indirect services, and cultural/aesthetic services. Direct services are the resources that we directly benefit from extracting from nature.  Drinking water, timber, natural gas and oils, plants such as cotton, and numerous other plants for medicinal benefits.  We depend on these resources so heavily that it is unfathomable to think that...

Uncategorized / 02.09.2016

Author/Photos: Janelle Cannon Woke early one morning to join in on a sea turtle nest census. As our group walked the beach, I saw dozens of freshly dug crab burrows. These fast-moving crabs are digging machines! Manuel, who works at Osa Conservation, has been monitoring sea turtle nests for 14 years. The first nest we came upon had been pillaged by coatimundis. It was a thorough job. Only one intact egg remained. Most nests contain 100-150 eggs, so these are treasure chests of delicious protein for any hungry predator. Humans used to be the primary predator,...

Uncategorized / 26.08.2016

Author: Rachael Eplee   As the Osa Conservation Wildcat program has shown us time and time again, cameras are an extension of our eyes into the forest.  They sit there quietly, waiting to witness what wildlife happens to unfold before them.  Our cameras on the ground have allowed us to track animal populations throughout the Osa Peninsula, giving us new perspective on the tendencies and patterns of the animals with whom we share a home. But are we missing something?  Look up!  As anyone who has been to a tropical rainforest knows,...