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Marine Conservation, Science and Research, Sea Turtles / 11.12.2015

Written by: Sukee Bennett There’s something about measuring squirming sea turtle hatchlings that automatically puts a smile on my face. But this batch of babies was extra special. They were from a nest that I relocated on my very first patrol on Piro, way back in the beginning of September. A little over fifty days later, and the ping-pong shaped eggs I once placed in a bucket and buried in the hatchery had resulted in one hundred flipper-flapping babies. I was enthralled. Flash-forward two hours later, when my fellow Research...

Uncategorized / 04.12.2015

Escrito por: Tabea Zimmerman Este viernes y sábado Diciembre 11-12, la Estación Biológica Piro se llenó de actividades con motivo del taller de Ríos Saludables de Osa (RSO). Catorce miembros de comunidades alrededor de la Península de Osa, así como empleados de Conservación Osa (CO) se reunieron para conmemorar y reflexionar acerca del primer año del programa de monitoreo de ríos y también para pasarlo bien. Las metas del taller incluyeron: proveer un espacio donde los (nuevos y no tan nuevos) participantes tuviesen la ocasión de conocerse, dar entrenamiento y práctica sobre los protocolos...

Uncategorized / 04.12.2015

Written By: Tabea Zimmerman On Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, Piro Station bustled with activities from the Ríos Saludables de Osa (RSO) year-end workshop. Fourteen community members from across the Osa Peninsula plus four staff members gathered for a time of sharing and reflection, re-training, and envisioning for what Ríos Saludables would like to achieve in 2016. Our workshop goals were for community volunteers and staff to get to know each other (we had several monitoring groups join us for the first time!), to provide training and practice with all monitoring protocols, and...

Science and Research / 30.11.2015

  [caption id="attachment_8787" align="alignleft" width="300"] Male of Calynda coronata[/caption] In early November 2015 we traveled to Osa in order to research the stick insect fauna of the Peninsula. It was due to the kindness of Max Villalobos, the Operations Manager of Osa Conservation, that we were allowed to search and collect in the Osa Conservation area.   Stick Insects (Phasmatodea) can be found in Costa Rica with 3000 species currently known in the tropics around the world.  They are herbivores and well-known for resembling twigs or branches. Therefore, they have great camouflage....

Miscellaneous, Sustainable agriculture, Volunteers and Visitors / 13.11.2015

Our Finca Osa Verde consists of 600 acres of pasture and forest, as well as 1.1 miles of sea turtle nesting habitat. Osa Verde includes a small farm that supplies Osa Conservation’s field station kitchen and dining halls with all types of fruits and veggies; from lettuce, to peppers, yucca, bananas, and rice. This week we collected peanuts from the Finca Osa farm and volunteers, research assistants, and staff members joined forces to create organic peanut butter for the very first time. The process is quite simple and the peanut butter...

Environmental Education, Miscellaneous, Science and Research, Volunteers and Visitors / 06.11.2015

Read about Grace Leppink's experience in the Osa as she makes exciting fungi discoveries! Fungi are found throughout the world, but some of the most amazing and diverse fungi are found in Costa Rica.  The combination of deeply shaded forests and a warm, humid climate makes Costa Rica the perfect incubator for fungi.  As a new mycologist, the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica was one that I could not pass up.  On my first day at the Piro Research Station I had an exciting and lucky encounter with fungi. [caption...

Marine Conservation, Sea Turtles, Volunteers and Visitors, Wildcats / 23.10.2015

Hello my name is Kenroy and I am a student at the Professional Technical College Sabalito (Costa Rica), a school in which students can study rural tourism. Over the past three years of studying in this program, I have learned the importance of tourism in Costa Rica. At the end of our three year program, students choose a place for supervised practice, in my case I chose Osa Conservation. This organization carries out projects related to volunteerism and research, in addition to the monitoring and conservation of wildlife. Osa Conservation...

Uncategorized / 23.10.2015

Hola me llamo Kenroy y soy estudiante del Colegio Técnico Profesional de Sabalito (Costa Rica), un colegio, en el que estudiantes como yo  eligen estudiar Turismo Rural  desde décimo año. Durante los tres años que llevo estudiando, he podido  aprender la importancia del turismo en Costa. Al final de estos 3 años se elige  un lugar para hacer la práctica supervisada, en mi caso elegí Conservación Osa, esta organización lleva a cabo proyectos relacionados con el voluntariado y la investigación, además del monitoreo y la conservación de la vida...

Aquatic Health, Environmental Education, Marine Conservation, Sea Turtles, Volunteers and Visitors / 16.10.2015

The fluttering of papery wings; back and forth, back and forth. They open and close their tiny mouths. Nocturnal hungry bats, paired with the incessant whir of cicada wings and the low, ominous drone of Howler monkeys are the evening calls of the Osa. These sounds signify the awakening of all things that dwell in the night. Usually, it also signifies our bedtime; unless it’s an evening of turtle patrol. When I took herpetology as a senior in college three years ago, my professor used to joke that, “Herpetologists...

Uncategorized / 09.10.2015

They say that life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans. Read about how one Osa Conservation research assistant ended up working with us in a happy twist of fate! My name is Casey Walker and I am a recent graduate from the Environmental Studies program at the College of Idaho in the United States. Sometimes it does not matter how much you plan out your life because life has a plan for you already. [caption id="attachment_8483" align="alignleft" width="228"] Research Assistant Casey Walker[/caption] I have always known...