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Sea Turtles / 16.09.2011

August 7th represented the second Day of Beach Cleaning along sea turtle nesting beaches in Osa.  With the participation of around 150 volunteers from the community, local hotels, personnel from Osa Conservation Area, Frontier volunteers and Osa Conservation employees, we were able to collect waste along 12 km of beaches, from Carate to Matapalo. Starting off early in the morning to take advantage of low tide, the groups divided up throughout the area with plastic bags, gloves, sun screen and lots of water.  The day of cleaning continued past...

Uncategorized / 08.09.2011

El pasado 7 de Agosto se realizó la II Jornada de Limpieza Playas en sitios de anidación de tortugas marinas.  Con la participación de alrededor de 150 voluntarios de la comunidad,  hoteles de la zona, personal del Área de Conservación Osa,  voluntarios de Frontier y empleados de Conservación Osa, se lograron recoger los desechos de  alrededor de 12 Km de playa, desde Carate hasta Matapalo. El peso total de los desechos recolectados fue de 10 toneladas. Desde las horas de la mañana aprovechando la marea baja los grupos de...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration / 30.08.2011

[caption id="attachment_2228" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Alex Henríquez (General Manager or Trust of Banco Nacional de Costa Rica), Ana Lorena Guevara (Vice Minister of Environment), Carlos M. Rodriguez (Representative, Conservation International), Manuel Ramirez (Executive Director, Osa Conservation)"][/caption] In a historic moment for conservation in Costa Rica, Osa Conservation (OC) and Conservation International (CI) signed the world’s first public-private Biodiversity Trust Fund in San Jose, Costa Rica on August 8TH.  Both OC and CI each contributed $500,000 to the Fund, which was matched with a $1 million contribution from the Costa...

Birds, Volunteers and Visitors / 22.07.2011

[caption id="attachment_2219" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="2010 Conservation Birding Group"][/caption] There is no place more unique or pristine to go birding than where the rainforest meets the sea.  The Osa Peninsula harbors over 460 species of birds including the healthiest population of Scarlet Macaws in Central America, three species of Leking Manakins, Yellow-billed and Turquoise Cotingas and even the endangered Harpy Eagle.  Home to the largest remaining tract of tropical lowland rainforest and intact mangrove ecosystems along the tropical Pacific coast of Central America, the Osa Peninsula is the wildest and...

Uncategorized / 06.06.2011

By Karen Leavelle [caption id="attachment_2143" align="alignleft" width="187" caption="Female Yellow-billed Cotinga on the day of her tagging Feb. 15, 2011"][/caption] It really is like no other bird that I have seen. These birds are truly beautiful with movements and behavioral characteristics unique to its species.   These big black eyes belong to a male Yellow-billed Cotinga (Carpodectes antoniae), a highly endangered Costa Rican resident bird species.  It is also know locally as the Cotinga Piquiamarillo. He is just one of a dwindling number remaining here in the southern pacific coastal slope of Costa...

Uncategorized / 01.06.2011

La Península de Osa es uno de los sitios mas biodiversos del planeta, por ejemplo solo en  términos de arboles se ha calculado la existencia de mas de 700 especies en este pequeño espacio de tierra.  Aunque una gran parte del bosque en la Península aun se mantiene intacto, en las ultimas dos décadas se ha visto un aumento en la deforestación y degradación del bosque por algunas actividades como la tala selectiva de arboles o la conversión  de bosques a pastizales para ganadería. De esta forma  programas...

Uncategorized / 06.05.2011

[caption id="attachment_2013" align="alignright" width="300"] Obra de teatro: Lapa Roja. Hoja de Osa School. "Año Internacional de los Bosques"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2011" align="alignright" width="300"] Desfile "Año Internacional de los Bosques" 30 de Abril. 2011[/caption] Para este año 2011, el programa está trabajando conjuntamente con la Asociación Centroamericana para la Economía, la Salud y el Ambiente (ACEPESA) en el proyecto “ Desarrollo de capacidades en las comunidades costeras del Golfo Dulce para el mejoramiento de las condiciones de saneamiento” (Octubre 2010-Agosto 2011). La labor de este programa es la sensibilización de las comunidades...

Community Outreach, Environmental Education / 06.05.2011

[caption id="attachment_2011" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Parade for International Year of Forests Celebration"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2024" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Stencil painting activity with ASCONA for International Year of Forests"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2016" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Puerto Jimenez students performing a traditional dance for International Year of Forests celebration"][/caption] Check out these exciting programs and events happening in Osa! INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS In celebration of the United Nations International Year of Forests, FOO’s environmental education program began tropical rainforest workshops in April with students and teachers from 13 Osa schools. There was an exciting opening event on Saturday April...

Birds, Volunteers and Visitors / 19.04.2011

[caption id="attachment_1988" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="International Migratory Bird Day 2011"][/caption] Just to set the scene… the following is a bit of what I wrote to you last October 2010 in recognition of a well known day that pays homage to migratory birds all throughout the Americas. “Have you ever sat and marveled at the wonder of bird migration; the journey that birds undertake between their winter and summer homes?  Well if so, you’re not alone, and it is a cause for celebration!  Each year hundreds of thousands of people gather to...