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Community Outreach, Environmental Education / 03.02.2012

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="291" caption="The 2012 Osa Science Symposium was attended by 14 presenters and many members of the environmental community"][/caption] Osa Conservation recently hosted a science symposium at the Piro Research Center. The event brought together scientists and conservationists to share information and results from various research conducted throughout the Osa Peninsula.  The symposium was organized in partnership with representatives from ACOSA (Osa Conservation Area) and was attended by 14 presenters and many members of the environmental community. The day began with welcoming remarks from Osa Conservation’s executive director,...

Birds, Volunteers and Visitors / 13.01.2012

[caption id="attachment_2346" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="CBC participant and guide Nito Paniagua"][/caption] It is that time of year again; time to count birds throughout the Americas in the name of conservation and science.  A more than 100 year tradition, the Audubon Society has led the charge to bring together citizen scientists, biologists and bird enthusiasts from Canada to the southern tip of South America to conduct one of the largest bird censuses on the planet – The Christmas Bird Count.  The count takes place during one 24 hour period between December...

Birds, Volunteers and Visitors / 08.11.2011

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SPEND YOUR HOLIDAYS IN THE RAINFOREST! DECEMBER 17-22 Space is still available on our Holiday Birding Trip, so join us for spectacular birding through the tropical forests of the Osa Peninsula! This five-day trip includes extensive birding, forest hikes, and nightly talks and excursions with our staff of biologists and conservation professionals.  The trip culminates in the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count—where you, along with thousands of other citizen scientists throughout the Americas, can participate in the longest running wildlife census to assess the...

Sea Turtles / 21.10.2011

September 18th represented the 3rd Annual Sea Turtle festival on Carate Beach.  About 100 members of Carate, Puerto Jiménez, and surrounding communities participated in sea turtle discussions, presentations fun activities with the theme of conservation. The festival began with an interactive discussion with children and adults about the principal biological characteristics of the Osa, the turtle species that nest here, and the objectives and activities of the Sea Turtle Conservation Program developed by Osa Conservation on the beaches of Piro, Pejeperro and Carate. Club Ambiental Las Abejitas of the Saturnino...

Uncategorized / 06.10.2011

  El pasado 18 de septiembre se realizó el III Festival de Tortugas Marinas en playa Carate. Participaron alrededor de 100 personas de la comunidad de Carate, comunidades aledañas y de Puerto Jiménez;  en charlas y actividades recreativas en el tema de la conservación de las tortugas marinas. Para iniciar el festival se realizó una charla interactiva con los niños y adultos sobre las principales características biológicas, las especies que desovan en Osa, las amenazas y sobre los objetivos y actividades del Proyecto de Conservación de Tortugas Marinas desarrollado por...

Uncategorized / 23.09.2011

[caption id="attachment_2266" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Peltogyne Purpurea: Una especie endémica de Costa Rica y el oeste de Panamá, ahora muy escasa debido a la sobreexplotación por su valiosa madera.[/caption] Cualquier persona que visite un bosque tropical puede sentirse asombrada por la enorme cantidad de especies que puede  encontrar  en  este, especialmente si se trata de  un lugar como la Península de Osa el cual es uno de los sitios mas  biodiversos del mundo. Esta gran diversidad   es especialmente evidente en cuestión de plantas ya que  por su condición de organismos...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration, Science and Research / 23.09.2011

[caption id="attachment_2260" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Peltogyne Purpurea: An endemic species of Costa Rica and Western Panama, now very scarce because of overexplotation for its valuable timber."][/caption] Visiting a tropical forest can be overwhelming because of the enormous number of species found there, especially if you are talking about the Osa Peninsula, one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. This diversity is especially evident amongst plants which, as immobile organisms, are easily observed.  This same diversity, however, can be distressing for a person interested in identifying a species...

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...