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Miscellaneous, Science and Research / 26.11.2013

The epic battle of predator and prey in the jungle by: Max Villalobos, Land Conservation Manager [caption id="attachment_5695" align="alignnone" width="2816"] Snake captures an unsuspecting frog. Photo by Manuel Sánchez.[/caption]   It’s almost midday, and the forest is drowsy with the intense heat and humidity that you find during the rainy season in the Osa Peninsula, where the temperature can easily surpass 90 degrees. I direct all of my attention to the forest floor in search of the sweet and fleshy fruits of the Zapote tree. The spider monkeys that also eat from...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Marine Conservation / 18.11.2013

by Lauren Lipuma, Conservation Outreach Coordinator, and Ándres Jiménez, Wetlands Program Coordinator [caption id="attachment_5289" align="alignnone" width="857"] Térraba-Sierpe wetlands, Costa Rica. Photo credit: Cavu[/caption]   OC’s conservation efforts in the Térraba-Sierpe wetlands have gotten off to a great start! Our wetlands program, started earlier this year, aims to strengthen the presence of government and conservation organizations in the Térraba-Sierpe National Wetlands and to develop sustainable economic opportunities for neighboring communities. In addition to housing a diverse array of wildlife, wetlands perform important ecological functions - from water filtration to carbon storage. Mangroves...

Uncategorized / 08.11.2013

Por: Lauren Lipuma y Florencia Franzini [caption id="attachment_5647" align="alignnone" width="720"] Director ejecutivo Manuel Ramirez (al centro) y miembros de la junta ejecutiva Adrian Forsyth (a la izquierda) y Craig Thompson (al derecho) caminan por el propiedad Osa Verde.[/caption]   Hemos tenido un verano y otoño muy ocupado este año. De renovaciones y adquisiciones de tierras a ampliaciones dl proyectos, las obras no deja de perder impulso en Conservación Osa! Aquí repasamos algunas cosas que han ocurrido en Conservación Osa estos últimos meses:   En el Refugio Lomas del Sierpe en Vida Silvestre hemos...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Miscellaneous, Science and Research / 08.11.2013

by Lauren Lipuma and Florencia Franzini [caption id="attachment_5647" align="alignnone" width="720"] Executive Director Manuel Ramirez (center) and board members Adrian Forsyth (left) and Craig Thompson (right) survey the Osa Verde property.[/caption] Osa Conservation has had a busy summer and fall this year.  From renovations and land purchases to project expansions, the work never ceases to lose momentum here at OC! Here are a few things that have been going on at Osa Conservation this summer and fall: The Agro-Ecology Farm at Osa Verde has had a huge facelift! OC is gearing up...

Uncategorized / 01.11.2013

Por: Pilar Bernal Video por Lindsay Metz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNaCw6OrDU4&feature=youtu.be El pasado 6 de octubre, celebramos el V Festival Anual de Tortugas Marinas en Playa Carate. El sol nos acompañó durante todo el evento y las familias fueron llegando a partir de las 8 de la mañana hasta tener una participación de más de 150 personas! Iniciamos las actividades con la liberación de neonatos del vivero del Comité de Tortugas de Corcovado (COTORCO) y realizamos juegos y concursos para poner en práctica los conocimientos del público sobre las especies, biología y conservación de las tortugas...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Sea Turtles, Volunteers and Visitors / 01.11.2013

by Pilar Bernal, Environmental Education & Community Outreach Program Manager Video by Lindsay Metz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNaCw6OrDU4&feature=youtu.be On October 6th, we celebrated our fifth annual Sea Turtle Festival on Carate beach. Over 150 gusts joined us for these festivities highlighting the past year of sea turtle conservation. The sun shone brightly throughout the event while families began pouring in as early as 8 am and stayed throughout the day. We began the festival with the release of infant sea turtles from the Corcovado Turtle Committee (COTORCO) hatchery. Afterwards, we played games and held events encouraging...

Uncategorized / 24.10.2013

Por: Katherine Clukey, intern de agricultura sostenible [caption id="attachment_5501" align="alignnone" width="600"] Yvonne Hiltemann y Brigid Prouse colectan basura durante la patrulla de la playa Piro en la mañana.[/caption]   La contaminación de nuestro ambiente es una amenaza seria para el equilibrio de nuestros ecosistemas naturales. Los hábitats marinos son especialmente vulnerables a la contaminación ya que las corrientes oceánicas, los remolinos y el viento llevan y acumulan basura, amenazando la vida marina, la pesca y la economía. Ya que cada río llega al mar y que el océano está más bajo...

Uncategorized / 24.10.2013

Por: Andrés Jiménez, Gerente del Programa Humedales   Recientemente tuve la oportunidad de pasar tiempo con el doctor Jurgenne Primavera, una doctora conocida mundialmente por su trabajo científico con los manglares de las Filipinas. Primavera es una mujer tranquila pero alegre que demuestra un brillo especial cada vez que habla de los manglares. Después de más de 40 años de trabajo con estos árboles, todavía sonríe cuando tu muestra una foto de su misma escalando un árbol. Tengo que admitir que en este momento yo no tenía ninguna idea de lo...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Volunteers and Visitors / 24.10.2013

by Katherine Clukey, Sustainable Agriculture Intern [caption id="attachment_5501" align="alignnone" width="600"] Yvonne Hilterman and Brigid Prouse collect trash during the morning Piro beach patrol.[/caption]   Pollution in our environment is a serious threat to the balance and flow of our natural ecosystems.  Marine habitats are especially vulnerable to pollution as oceanic currents, gyres, and winds collect and accumulate debris threatening marine life, fishing, and economies.  Being that every river leads to the sea and the ocean is downhill from everywhere, the responsibility of marine pollution comes down to us all.  Plastic, in particular,...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education, Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Science and Research / 11.10.2013

By Andrés Jiménez, Wetlands Program Coordinator   Recently I had the opportunity to spend time with Doctor Jurgenne Primavera, a world-class mangrove scientist from the Philippines. A quiet yet cheerful scientist, she shows a special glitter in her eyes every time she talks about mangroves. After more than 40 years of working with these trees, she still smiles when showing a picture of herself climbing one. I have to admit, at this moment I had no idea of what was happening in the Philippines. The only vague concept I had about...