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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...

Uncategorized / 11.07.2018

Blog Post and Photos by Patrick Newcombe Osa Conservation’s landscape is a mosaic of terrestrial habitats including grasslands, palm forests, reforested areas, secondary and primary forests, as well as aquatic habitats such as a ponds, rivers, lagoons and ocean. Elevation ranges from sea level to 1,083 feet (330 meters). This habitat and elevation range result in phenomenal bird diversity and illustrate the importance of the habitat conservation and restoration occurring at Osa Conservation. June 25 was the first Big Day at Osa Conservation! In birding circles, a Big Day is...

Uncategorized / 27.06.2018

Photos and Blog Post by Thomas Meinzen, Restoration and Rewilding Intern and Birder At the Osa Conservation Biological Station, mornings in the rainforest are full of sound—birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys all chirping, singing, buzzing and howling in a unique concert. But not far away, where staff and volunteers are working to restore and rewild deforested pasture lands, the dawn chorus strikes a different tune. Many of the low whistles, creaks, and croaks of the forest are being replaced by new, often higher-pitched sounds. As a researcher and intern...

Uncategorized / 20.06.2018

Blogpost by Manuel Sanchez, Sea Turtle Program Coordinator and Wildlife Photographer There are more than 114 species of bats, and around 80 of these can be found in the Osa Peninsula. Some are so common that they practically live in our houses, while others are so difficult to spot that when you encounter one, you are caught off guard and can't help but think that no animal more incredible exists. It is said that the Osa contains more species of bats than the rest of Costa Rica, and I believe...

Uncategorized / 20.06.2018

Blogpost por Manuel Sanchez, coordinador del programa de tortugas marinas y asistente de investigación. Hay más de 114 especies de murciélagos, y unas 80 especies de ellos están en la Península de Osa. Algunas son tan comunes que viven en nuestras casas, y otras son difícil de mirarles que cuando las encuentras te sorprendas tanto y piensas que no existía un animal tan lindo. Se dice que la Osa tiene la mayor cantidad de especies de murciélagos que en todo Costa Rica, y la verdad lo creo. La Osa tiene los mejores...