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...

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;...

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...