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Uncategorized / 29.08.2018

Blog Post by Monica Espinoza, Marine Conservation Scientist The Térraba-Sierpe Wetland presents the most productive and biodiverse mangrove ecosystem in the South Pacific of Costa Rica. However, not everyone knows the importance of this habitat in our day to day life. For this reason, we decided to celebrate World Mangrove Day with the School of Ajuntaderas, Sierpe. Our special guests were the children of this community who learned about the importance of mangroves, fire prevention and waste management. It is important to recognize that boys and girls are carriers of...

Uncategorized / 15.08.2018

Blog Post por Noelia Hernández, Coordinador de los programas marinos Cuando visitas por primera vez las playas de Piro y Peje Perro, sientes así como  estuvieras dentro de una película donde un náufrago llega a una de esas playas paradisíacas, vírgenes, donde en lugar de cientos de turistas estás rodeado de naturaleza, tranquilidad y belleza allá por donde mires. Los árboles, la neblina al fondo, las aves volando, las olas rompiendo con fuerza, incluso la oportunidad de ver especies tan carismáticas como lo son las tortugas o las ballenas,...

Uncategorized / 15.08.2018

Blog Post by Noelia Hernández, Marine Programs Coordinator When you visit Osa's beaches of Piro and Peje Perro for the first time, it feels like a scene straight out of a movie; you can picture a shipwreck landing on one of these beautiful, untouched beaches, and the tourists becoming surrounded by nature, calm, and beauty. The trees, the mist in the background, the birds in the sky, the breaking waves, and the opportunity to see incredible species like turtles and whales all make you think that you are in a...

Uncategorized / 08.08.2018

Blog Post por Juan Carlos Cruz Díaz, Coordinador del programa felino Son las 5:30 de la mañana y el sol se levanta sobre el bosque seco de Guanacaste en el norte de Costa Rica. Investigadores en Playa Naranjo en el Parque Nacional Santa Rosa en el Área de Conservación Guanacaste alistan para patrullar la playa. Caminan sobre la costa en busca de evidencia de la presencia de jaguares. En este lugar es común encontrar huellas de jaguar sobre la playa ya que ellos la patrullan en busca de presas. [caption...

Uncategorized / 08.08.2018

Blog by Juan Carlos Cruz Díaz, Feline Program Coordinator It’s 5:30 am and the sun is rising above the Dry Forest of Guanacaste in northern Costa Rica. Researchers in Naranjo beach in Santa Rosa National Park in Guanacaste Conservation Area are getting ready to survey the beach. They walk along the shore looking for evidence of the presence of jaguars. Unlike in the Osa, at this beach it is common to encounter tracks left by jaguars who patrol the beach looking for prey. [caption id="attachment_11597" align="aligncenter" width="313"] Jaguar tracks along...

Uncategorized / 01.08.2018

Blog Post by Hilary Brumberg, River Health Program Coordinator It was a windy fall day when I joined a group of budding field researchers and nature enthusiasts to visit the Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time. As we hiked the trails, I was in constant awe of the breathtaking front-range views and the abundant wildlife, ranging from elk to butterflies to marmots to hummingbirds. But it wasn’t just the wildlife that left an impression on me. As I was browsing the gift shop before leaving, I happened upon a...

Uncategorized / 25.07.2018

Blog Post by Luis Carlos Solis, Mangrove Restoration Coordinator The Térraba Sierpe National Wetland encompasses the largest mangrove forest in Costa Rica with an area greater than 16,000 hectares which, due to its biological importance, was declared of international importance by the International Convention on Ramsar Wetlands. In this protected area, mangrove resources have been used since pre-Columbian times when indigenous communities extracted dye from the bark of the red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) to dye their clothing. [caption id="attachment_11539" align="aligncenter" width="640"] A section of land cleared of invasive ferns[/caption] Currently, the...

Uncategorized / 25.07.2018

Blog Post por Luis Carlos Solis, Coordinador de restauración manglar El Humedal Nacional Térraba Sierpe comprende el bosque de manglar más extenso de Costa Rica con un área mayor a las 16.000 hectáreas las cuales debido a su gran importancia biológica, fueron declaradas de importancia internacional por la Convención Internacional de Humedales Ramsar. En esta área protegida, los recursos del manglar han sido utilizados desde la época precolombina cuando las comunidades indígenas extraían colorante de la corteza del mangle rojo (Rhizophora mangle) para teñir sus vestimentas. [caption id="attachment_11539" align="aligncenter" width="640"]...

Uncategorized / 18.07.2018

Blogpost por Mónica Espinoza Miralles, científica de conservación marina Para aquellos apasionados por el mundo submarino, es increíble ver cuán extraordinariamente diferentes son los mares alrededor del mundo. Este fue el caso de nosotras: Noelia Hernández, oceanógrafa de España, y yo, Mónica Espinoza, bióloga marina de Costa Rica, ya que tuvimos la oportunidad de conocernos por primera vez en el Saladero Ecolodge. Desde ese momento, nos dimos cuenta de que ambas poseemos una gran afinidad, pasión y curiosidad hacia el mar. Por esta razón estamos sumamente emocionadas de ser...

Uncategorized / 18.07.2018

Blog post by Mónica Espinoza Miralles, Marine Conservation Scientist For those passionate about the underwater world it is amazing to see how extraordinarily different the seas are around the world. This was the case for us:  Noelia Hernández, an oceanographer from Spain and Osa Conservation's new Marine Program Coordinator, and myself, Mónica Espinoza, a marine biologist from Costa Rica and Osa Conservation's new Marine Conservation Scientist. We had the opportunity to meet for the first time at Saladero Ecolodge, and from that moment, we realized that we both have...