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Science and Research / 14.03.2010

Here are two of the research projects sponsored by and carried out at the Osa Biodiversity Center in 2009. Biochar Trials Friends of the Osa hosted Tyler Reynolds from Purdue University and Ross Eustis from Whitman College this past summer to conduct biochar soil amendment trials in coordination with the Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE). Biochar is charcoal created by pyrolysis of biomass, the burning of biomass in the absence of oxygen. The resulting material is a stable solid rich in carbon content, and thus, can be used to lock carbon in the soil for long...

Land Conservation and Forest Restoration / 10.03.2010

Lending Nature a Helping Hand The Cerro Osa Reforestation Project [caption id="attachment_301" align="alignleft" width="400"] The Tree Nursery at Cerro Osa Reforestation Project[/caption] Cerro Osa’s local staff, Juan and Agustín Mendoza, worked hard in 2009 to improve Friends of the Osa’s native tree nursery. We now have more than 4,000 seedlings of over 40 native species. Seeds are collected by hand from the mature forest of the Osa Biodiversity Center.  The seeds that are easiest to find often come in a delicious fruit package, making these trees good candidates to stimulate natural forest...

Environmental Education / 09.03.2010

International Day for the Protection of Mangroves [caption id="attachment_207" align="alignright" width="400" caption="“In the mangrove there is no place for trash”"][/caption] In three days in early August 2009, Friend of the Osa participated in awareness activities in Puerto Jiménez celebrating the International Day for the Protection of Mangroves. The Environmental Coalition of Puerto Jiménez delivered 50 mini waste collection centers to encourage garbage separation in households, and gave a talk about the importance of recycling and the impact of plastic bags on the environment. Pilar Bernal, our Environmental Education and Volunteer...

Sea Turtles / 07.03.2010

Friends of the Osa's successful Sea Turtle Conservation Program continued in 2009 on the Piro and Pejeperro beaches on the southern shores of Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, Central America. FOO staff, visiting biologists, students and volunteers from around the world participated in working for the protection and study of sea turtles visiting these beaches. [caption id="attachment_251" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Hatchling Sea Turtle at Piro Beach - FOO Sea Turtle Program - photo: S DePolo"][/caption] Manuel Sánchez is the field coordinator for this season, accompanied by his field assistant, Ronald Villalobos;...

Uncategorized / 27.01.2010

El Centro de Biodiversidad de Osa es un centro de investigación científica en la Península de Osa, en Costa Rica, América Central.. Un proyecto de Amigos de la Osa (Friends of the Osa, FOO), el Centro se encuentra en medio de miles de hectáreas de selva que fronteriza las playas salvajes y los estuarios de la costa del Pacífico. Numerosas especies en peligro de extinción se encuentran aquí, en uno de los lugares de mayor biodiversidad en el mundo. El Centro acoge los investigadores, estudiantes y voluntarios trabajando en...

Uncategorized / 27.01.2010

Bienvenido al nuevo weblog de Amigos de la Osa. Aquí vamos a publicar noticias y actualizaciones acerca de nuestros programas, actividades y acontecimientos importantes que afectan a la ecología y la fauna de la Península de Osa en Costa Rica, América Central. Amigos de la Osa, también conocida como Friends of the Osa (FOO), dirige una estación de investigación y programas de campo de trabajo para proteger la biodiversidad de importancia mundial se encuentra en la Península de Osa. En el Centro de la Biodiversidad de Osa, los trabajos se...

Science and Research, Sea Turtles / 19.01.2010

Welcome to the new weblog of Friends of the Osa. Here we will post news and updates about our programs, activities and important developments affecting the ecology and wildlife of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica, Central America. Friends of the Osa (FOO) also known as Amigos de Osa, runs a research station and field programs working to protect the globally significant biodiversity found on the Osa Peninsula. At the Osa Biodiversity Center work centers around supporting scientific research and environmental education, as well as hands on programs like the...