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Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Science and Research, Volunteers and Visitors / 28.03.2014

by Lauren Lipuma, Conservation Outreach Coordinator, and Jim Palmer, founder of Creek Connections This past week local students from Puerto Jiménez had the chance to discover what lives in the streams that flow by their small town and the incredible amount of chemistry and biology that goes into keeping their water sources clean and healthy. Led by veteran biologist Jim Palmer, founder of the Creek Connections program at Allegheny College, Osa Conservation staff and volunteers worked with 8 sixth-grade students, a teacher, and several parents from the local public school...

Uncategorized / 21.03.2014

Por Pilar Bernal, Gerente del Programa Educación Ambiental   El 1 de marzo, Puerto Jiménez se llenó de color, música y actividades recreativas para niños y adultos, más de 200 personas congregadas para despedir a las aves migratorias que regresarán a sus hábitats de nidación en el norte de américa. Esto con motivo de la celebración del 1er Festival de Aves Migratorias de la Península de Osa, evento organizado conjuntamente con Osa Birds y ACOSA-SINAC, con apoyo de Tropical Wings y el Servicio de Parques Nacionales de Estados Unidos. El festival...

Aves, Birds, Community Outreach, Environmental Education / 21.03.2014

by Pilar Bernal, Environmental Education and Outreach Manager On March 1, Puerto Jimenez was filled with color, music, and recreational activities for children and adults. More than 200 people congregated to say their farewells to the migratory birds that will be returning to their nesting habitats in North America. The occasion celebrates the first migratory bird festival of the Osa Peninsula, an event jointly organized with Osa Birds and ACOSA-SINAC, with support from Tropical Wings and the National Park Services of the United States. The festival’s objectives were to promote...

Uncategorized / 05.03.2014

Conservación Osa (Costa Rica) y Amazon Conservation Team (Colombia) comparten conocimientos y ideas a través de visitas de miembros de sus equipos de campo   Mi primera vez en la Amazonia Por Agustín Mendoza [caption id="attachment_5846" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Agustín habla sobre la colección y crecimiento de semillas nativas.[/caption] Llegue a la Península de Osa hace ya 39 años; desde muy joven empecé a trabajar con mi padre y gracias a él  aprendí a trabajar la tierra. Aunque yo era pequeño me entristecía ver como poco a poco los bosques iban desapareciendo y con...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration / 05.03.2014

This two-part series chronicles the efforts of Osa Conservation and Amazon Conservation Team to learn from one another’s conservation strategies through staff visits to each other's field sites and the ensuing exchange of knowledge and experience.   My first time in the Amazon by Agustín Mendoza, Land Stewardship and Maintenance, Osa Conservation [caption id="attachment_5846" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Agustín (right, tan shirt) talks about native seed collection and forest restoration.[/caption] I arrived on the Osa Peninsula well over 39 years ago; since I was young I worked the land with my father, through him learning the...

Uncategorized / 26.02.2014

Conservación Osa (Costa Rica) y Amazon Conservation Team (Colombia) comparten conocimientos y ideas a través de visitas de miembros de sus equipos de campo   Mi viaje a Costa Rica y la Península de Osa por Wilmar Bahamón Díaz, ACT-Colombia [caption id="attachment_5848" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Agustin demuestra como colectar semillas nativas del bosque.[/caption] Nací en el campo, desde niño exploraba mi vereda, caminaba por largas horas en el monte siguiendo los caminos de hormigas, jugaba con los pescados de las quebradas, me trepaba como podía a los árboles para degustar guayabas, uvillas de monte,...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration / 26.02.2014

This two-part series chronicles the efforts of Osa Conservation and Amazon Conservation Team to learn from one another’s conservation strategies through staff visits to each other's field sites and the ensuing exchange of knowledge and experience.   My trip to Costa Rica and the Osa Peninsula by Wilmar Diaz Bahamón, Field Projects Manager, ACT Colombia [caption id="attachment_5848" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Agustin shows Wilmar and ACT how to climb trees to collect native seeds in the forest.[/caption] I was born in the countryside. As a child I explored my small town walking for hours in...

Uncategorized / 18.02.2014

by: Lauren Limpuma & Lindsay Metz [caption id="attachment_5799" align="aligncenter" width="627"] Voluntaria Alisa Wang recoge huevos de tortugas marinas vulnerables de la playa para mover a nuestro criadero.[/caption] La Temporada de Tortugas Marinas 2013 de la Conservación Osa ha terminado, y que año espectacular que fue! Desde la inauguración de la nueva planta de incubación de tortugas hasta el festival anual en la playa Carate, fue un año emocionante y exitoso para el programa de conservación de tortugas marinas de CO. La Osa es el hogar de cuatro especies de tortugas marinas:...

Science and Research, Sea Turtles, Volunteers and Visitors / 18.02.2014

by: Lauren Lipuma and Lindsay Metz [caption id="attachment_5799" align="aligncenter" width="627"] Volunteer Alisa Wang collects vulnerable turtle eggs from the beach for relocation to our hatchery.[/caption] The 2013 Sea Turtle Season at Osa Conservation has ended, and what a spectacular year it was! From the opening of the new turtle hatchery to the annual festival on Carate beach, it was an exciting and successful year for OC’s sea turtle conservation program. The Osa is home to four species of sea turtles: Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, and Pacific Green. Our beaches mainly support...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Miscellaneous / 12.02.2014

[caption id="attachment_5289" align="alignnone" width="857"] Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands, Costa Rica. Photo credit: Cavu[/caption] By: Luis Williams Community Planning - Wetlands Program A functional environment is built on a day-to-day basis, from all sectors of society, and a fundamental support for environmental security comes from the participation of local citizens. In many cases, local organizations become protagonists that can either complement or detract from the government’s role in supporting a functioning environment. At Osa Conservation, we aim to highlight the responsibility of citizen participation by presenting useful information to voters during this year’s...