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Uncategorized / 27.05.2016

The Nation: http://www.nacion.com/vivir/ambiente/Ticos-agua-persona_0_1550044983.html “Costa Ricans will have 65% less water per person by the year 2020” March 22, 2016, Michelle Soto M.   Osa’s Healthy Rivers has been working to conserve the water quality in the Osa Peninsula. [caption id="attachment_9068" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figure 1. Group from The Gamba School monitoring The Gamba River, close to the Golf, May 2016.[/caption] This march in 2016, The Nation published an important article about the quantity and quality of water in Costa Rica, the critical theme in the work of Osa’s healthy river project, which monitors...

Uncategorized / 12.05.2016

The lush and enchanted forests of Piro, Osa Conservation saw the return of their majestic King of the Jungle after two long years. The Jaguar Is Back! In the late hours of 23rd March 2016 the first images of this beautiful creature was captured on the camera traps on the Ajo trail. Since the last sightings of the jaguar on the camera traps here was back in 2014, his return is very exciting. Especially for the big cat programme and its researcher Tabea who ran out screaming “JAGUAR JAGUAR” when...

Uncategorized / 06.05.2016

Bokashi: Improving the Soil through Solid Waste By Yngrid Espinoza In a time of unparalleled consumption, intensive agricultural production, mass exploitation of raw materials and countless other activities that advance 'development' - we in Costa Rica are generating an enormous quantity of solid waste daily. According to the University of Costa Rica, each individual produces a staggering 1.3 - 2.4 pounds of waste daily. 45% of this ends up in illegal dumps and approximately 50-60% of this waste is biodegradable material. With this in mind, the vision of Osa Conservation's Sustainable Agriculture Program is utilize organic waste to generate organic fertilizer for our farm. It is essential...

Uncategorized / 06.05.2016

Por Yngrid Espinoza En una etapa tan consumista y con altos movimientos de producción de carne o cultivos, procesamientos de materia prima y el sinfín de actividades que desarrolla el ser humano está generando una enorme cantidad de residuos sólidos diarios. Según la UCR, se produce de 0.6 a 1.1 kilos per cápita de basura diaria, 45% terminan en botaderos clandestinos y la cobertura de recolección es de alrededor de un 75%; sobre todo que un 50-60% son materiales biodegradables que podrían ser reciclados. En nuestro primer mes...

Uncategorized / 29.04.2016

Written by: Evan Whitfield and Tye Dubrule In February 2016, 13 undergraduate students and faculty members from the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus in Camrose traveled from snowy Canadian winter, to the Osa Peninsula as part of a year-long tropical ecology and conservation course. This trip was the culmination of five months of preparation that included learning about neotropical biota, developing our field research proposals, and organizing trip logistics. For most of us the dream of an adventure to Costa Rica was many years in the making, and for all of...

Uncategorized / 15.04.2016

Written by: Adam Parr Black-cheeked Ant-Tanagers (Habia atrimaxillaris) may not be most glamorous bird on the Osa Peninsula.  They lack the striking colors of a Scarlet Macaw, or Fiery-billed Araçari, and are mostly dull black, with just a splash of salmon in the throat and breast.  Their vocalizations won’t send a chill down your spine like the eerie pan flute-like songs of a Common Potoo, and consist instead of a slurred two or three note whistle of a song.  However, these superficially lackluster attributes belie a truly fascinating species, and...

Uncategorized / 08.04.2016

By Ali Stahr The world has recognized that there is a new major environmental concern: the decrease of multiple bee species. This is extremely concerning because of the vital roles bees play in pollination. However, bees are not the only species suffering - there is an overall decrease in pollinators. Other such pollinators include butterflies and some species of vertebrae (hummingbirds, bats, etc). The U.N. has shed some light on the dilemma in a recently released report that analyzed 3,000 scientific papers. From the reports, they concluded that 40%...

Uncategorized / 01.04.2016

Escrito por: Patricia Perles Sin duda uno de los animales que más ilusión me ha hecho poder ver desde que estoy en la península de Osa, en Costa Rica, es este bicho raro. Desde que eres pequeño te cuentan que existen los osos hormigueros, pero nunca te imaginas verlos y no eres capaz de concebir que un animal así exista, pero ¡existen! y es genial verlos de cerca. Aunque ya se ha vuelto bastante común encontrármelos prácticamente cada madrugada, nunca me canso de verlos. Los osos hormigueros, tienen de todo...

Uncategorized / 21.03.2016

Happy International Day of Forests!! Although we didn’t really need an excuse to talk about forest conservation, the fact that today is dedicated to forests seemed like a good opportunity to remind everyone why forests are so incredibly important! Why are forests so important you ask? Well there are many reasons ranging from habitat protection to climate change. One of the most important global contributions a forest can provide, is their ability to absorb and store carbon. Trees use energy from the sun and carbon dioxide from our atmosphere to produce...

Uncategorized / 11.03.2016

Written by: Alex Rudee The stars overhead were fading into the pale blue dawn as we entered the jungle. Under the thick cover of the canopy, darkness had not yet given way to sunrise, so we relied on the beams of our headlamps to illuminate our path along the Ajo trail. I hiked behind Tabea, who manages the wildcat monitoring program in one of her many hats at Osa Conservation. Just a few minutes down the trail, Tabea stopped short, her light trained on the blanket of fallen leaves underfoot. "There," she pointed to...