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Birds, Uncategorized / 24.04.2013

by: Craig Thompson [caption id="attachment_4977" align="aligncenter" width="582"] Photo provided by: Ellen GennrichPhoto taken by: Nito Paniagua[/caption] There’s a new sheriff in town and this one has style. Sporting a black, spiky crest, zebra-striped legs and rich rufous trim, the Ornate Hawk Eagle is one of the American tropics most beautiful raptors. When seen standing, members of this genus (Spizaetus) appear to be wearing finely knit socks, an image conveyed by dense feathers running the length of their legs. But don’t be fooled by fancy plumage. This bird plays hardball. Accomplished at...

Uncategorized / 18.04.2013

Por Karen Leavelle Imagínese caminando por un bosque tropical de viejo crecimiento de tierras bajas en la madrugada, justo antes de que el sol comience a subir. Aquí usted se encuentra rodeado por el aire fresco de la mañana, una cacofonía de vida salvaje y un coro de literalmente cientos de aves. Este bosque tropical de la tierra baja en particular es uno que encuentra el Rio Esquinas que desemboca en el Golfo Dulce y corta a través del Parque Nacional Piedras Blancas y Lomas de Sierpe. Estas dos...

Uncategorized / 18.04.2013

By: Karen Leavelle   Imagine yourself walking through old growth tropical lowland rainforest in the very early morning hours just before the sun begins to rise.  Here you find yourself surrounded by cool morning air, a cacophony of wildlife and the dawn chorus of literally hundreds of birds.  This particular lowland rainforest is one that meets the Rio Esquinas which flows out into the Golfo Dulce and cuts through Piedras Blancas National Park and Lomas de Sierpe.  These two areas are extremely important protected areas that form part of a...

Uncategorized / 10.04.2013

Por Hansel Herrera Las primeras lluvias golpean ya los cerros y valles de la Península de Osa. Rápidamente, el paisaje cambia de seco marrón a un joven verde con olor a flores y frutos frescos. El gigante cenízaro (Samanea saman) soporta inmóvil el cambio de estación y se mezcla humildemente con los retoños verdosos de la vegetación circundante. Durante la época seca, su enorme canopy con forma de sombrilla libera gradualmente la humedad cuidadosamente atrapada durante la estación lluviosa. Con una copa que fácilmente triplica su altura, miles de epifitas,...

Uncategorized / 10.04.2013

By Hansel Herrera The first rains hit the hills and valleys of the Osa Peninsula. Quickly, the landscape changes from a dry brown to a young green with the scent of flowers and fresh fruit in the air. The giant cenízaro tree (Samanea saman) motionlessly withstands the season change and humbly mixes with the green shoots of the surrounding vegetation. During the dry season, its enormous canopy in the shape of an umbrella gradually releases the moisture carefully trapped during the rainy season. With a top that easily triples its...

Uncategorized / 29.03.2013

By Andrea Johnson La observación de aves…Soy una pajarera de floración tardía: cuando era niña siempre tenía que acompañar a mis padres en caminantes en busca de currucas en el bosque del parte noreste de Ohio y lo hice sin entusiasmo. Finalmente descubrió que tenía una pasión por observar aves cuando estaba viajando por Costa Rica con un grupo de mi universidad, mirando a las cometas de cola bifurcada esculpiendo esculturas al aire encima de un valle de la selva. Después de aquella experiencia aprendió a apreciar los placeres más...

Uncategorized / 29.03.2013

by Andrea Johnson Ah, tropical birdwatching. I fancy myself a late-blooming birder: after being dragged along on innumerable chilly warbler walks in the drab woods of northeast Ohio as a child, I ultimately discovered that I had caught my parents’ bug only while on a college fieldtrip to Costa Rica, watching swallow-tailed kites carve air sculptures above a plunging rainforest valley. I’ve subsequently learned to appreciate the subtler pleasures of species that skulk instead of soar, of being able (at least sometimes) to differentiate between a zillion species of...

Uncategorized / 20.03.2013

By: Pilar Bernal In order to instill an environmentally-focused culture and sense of environmental responsibility, the Public Ministry of Education (MEP) promotes the Blue Flag Ecological Program. Each year educational centers must carry out activities outlined in a work plan, which comply with the requirements to obtain the Blue Flag Ecological Award. These requirements are evaluated based on the following criteria: water quality, disaster risk management, environmental education, sanitary services, clean and safe spaces and reports of activities carried out throughout the year. Environmental education accounts for 35% of the...

Uncategorized / 20.03.2013

By: Pilar Bernal Con el objetivo de fomentar en los Centros Educativos una cultura y responsabilidad ambiental, el Ministerio de Educación Pública (MEP) propone la implementación del Programa Bandera Azul Ecológica. Cada año se deben realizar actividades programadas en un Plan de Trabajo, las cuales buscan el cumplimiento de los requisitos para obtener el Galardón de Bandera Azul Ecológica. Estos requisitos son evaluados de acuerdo a los siguientes criterios: calidad de agua, gestión de riesgos a desastres, educación ambiental, servicios sanitarios, espacios limpios y seguros y los informes de...

Sea Turtles / 06.03.2013

By: Hansel Herrera 2013 turtle season is off to a great start for Osa Conservation! Our staff and volunteers are extremely attentive and excited. On Wednesday, February 13th, while out on their morning patrol, volunteers from our sister organization, Frontier, were pleasantly surprised to find the trail and nest of a leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coreacea) on the Pejeperro beach. Although historically leatherbacks were naturally found across a great many locations, they are currently the most in danger of extinction of all the species of sea turtles (CITES), and the...