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Aves, Birds / 15.10.2014

Written by: Manuel Sánchez Mendoza & Pablo Porras Peñaranda The Yellow-billed Cotinga (Carpodectes antoniae) is a regional endemic bird that occurs on the Pacific lowlands of southern Costa Rica and Northern Panama. This species is listed as Endangered (EN) by IUCN’s red list, and its small population, estimated at only 298 to 794 individuals, is thought to be declining rapidly. In the past years, Osa Conservation has led efforts to study this species and its habitat needs to conserve one of Osa Peninsula’s most unique treasures. Observations of Yellow-billed Cotinga...

Uncategorized / 24.09.2014

Escrito por: Juan Carlos Cruz Dias Las costas están en constante movimiento y son siempre una mezcla de agua salada y tierra. La frontera entre la tierra y el mar cambia constantemente con las mareas y en areas rocosas de playa, las mareas inundan y vacían huecos en las rocas formando piscinas naturales de agua salada. Cuando las mareas se retiran, dejan al descubierto estas piscinas que albergan especies marinas, algunas que quedaron atrapadas y otras más que han hecho de éste su habitat natural.   [caption id="attachment_7020" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Vista aérea...

Marine Conservation / 24.09.2014

Written by: Juan Carlos Cruz Dias Coasts are continually in motion and are always a mixture of salt water and earth. The boundary between the ocean and land is in constant flux due to the tides. In the rocky areas along the shore the waves flood the pools made of rock only to slowly trickle out as the tide recedes. The many species these pools harbor are revealed as the waves ebb; some have become trapped there, while others have made this rocky habitat their home. [caption id="attachment_7020" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo...

Volunteers and Visitors / 17.09.2014

Written by: Florencia Franzini (for once its's actually me!) Osa Conservation’s on the ground staff is made up of about 20 individuals managing about 6,500 acres of land on a regular basis. It’s hard to believe that so few can accomplish so much, thus today as I write this blog detailing my first ever encounter with the Osa Peninsula, I’m really here attempting to highlight the hard work of the staff on-site at the organization. Let me just start by saying that it’s no wonder these guys work as hard as they...

Environmental Education / 12.09.2014

[caption id="attachment_6945" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo of the La Paz student group[/caption] La Paz Community School’s 11th grade class visited Piro Biological Station to conduct field ecological research in the Osa Peninsula. They spent five days connecting with nature by exploring the rainforest and water systems, learning from experts, and collecting a variety of their own data with the goal of helping others to understand this region and be motivated to contribute to the efforts to conserve it. Their main focus was to study ecological relationships and examine the conflict...

Uncategorized / 12.09.2014

[caption id="attachment_6945" align="alignleft" width="300"] Foto del grupo.[/caption] Conservación Osa esta trabajando para establecer evaluaciones básicas importantes en la salud de la cuenca y el seguimiento de los cambios a largo plazo en la diversidad acuática y salud acuática que acompañan los cambios en el uso de la tierra, incluyendo reforestación y presencia o ausencia de la agricultura y la minería de oro. A continuación se presentan los proyectos de los estudiantes así como sus respuestas a esta experiencia única: Distribución y abundancia de los caracoles Neritina Latísima en el río...

Volunteers and Visitors / 26.08.2014

By Jatin D. My family was given the opportunity to visit Osa Conservation in Costa Rica by one of my mother’s former students. At first we didn’t really know what to expect. We flew to the Piro Biological Station from San Jose in a very small plane that made me very nervous at first; the first of our unique experiences before we even arrived at the research center. While we were driving towards the research center, we saw our first wild animal, a mammal running across the bushes adjacent to...

Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Science and Research / 19.08.2014

This blog piece was taken and translated directly from Osa Conservation's Wetland Program Coordinator, Andres Jimenez, and his very own personal blog. *** While I wait here for the fog on my camera to evaporate, and while the few clean clothes I have left are drying, and while none of my shoes are fully covered in mud, here I am dedicating myself to editing photos and writing this blog! Little did I imagine (although one always has hopes) that on a rainy night…wait…let me correct myself - during the deluge,...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Marine Conservation, Sea Turtles / 04.08.2014

Written by: Pilar Bernal Edited & Translated by: Florencia Franzini On the 28th of July we received a visit at Piro Biological Station from 9 educators who are currently working throughout the Osa Peninsula and the Golfito region. [caption id="attachment_6829" align="alignleft" width="300"] A photo of the workshop participants and Osa staff.[/caption] Thanks to the help and directive from SEE Turtles, we managed to organize an successful and informative educational workshop on marine sea turtle conservation. During the day professors learned about sea turtle species biology, while also learning techniques to help motivate their students and...

Uncategorized / 04.08.2014

Escrito por: Pilar Bernal Editado por: Florencia Franzini El pasado 28 de Julio, recibimos en la estación Biológica Piro a 9 profesores de centros educativos de la Península de Osa y Golfito. [caption id="attachment_6829" align="alignleft" width="300"] Foto de los participantes en el taller de educación.[/caption] Gracias a la subvención y dirección de SEE Turtles organizamos un taller de educación para conservación de tortugas marinas. Durante el día, los profesores además de aprender sobre la biología y la conservación de estas especies, conocieron técnicas de enseñanza para motivar a los estudiantes y lograr un aprendizaje...