Hearing the Call of The Wild: Costa Rica Bans Hunting in Favor of Wildlife Protection

Posted by on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 with 1

 

Wildlife Protection: Jaguar

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Yesterday, Costa Rica lawmakers approved a law that prohibits hunting for sport, enforcing wildlife protection. The law only allows hunting for scientific research, subsistence and species control. The law is expected to be signed next week by President Laura Chinchilla who supports the bill. Costa Rica will become the first nation in the America’s to ban hunting for sport. Hunters violating the law would have to be a fine up to $3000. This landmark law marks a major victory for wildlife protection. Continue reading…

Spotting the Exotic and Rare: Wildlife in the Sierpe Mangrove Reserve

Posted by on Friday, September 28th, 2012 with 1

Sierpe Mangrove Searching for Wildlife

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The Osa Peninsula is one of the most protected regions in Costa Rica with an incredible diversity of rare and exotic wildlife.   Corcovado National Park and the many reserves in the area including the Sierpe Terrapa Wetland Reserve make it an excellent vacation spot for ecotourism and outdoor activities. 25% of Costa Rica’s land mass is protected either as a park or as a reserve. Founded in 1994, 66, 850 acres of raw nature make up this reserve. It is considered the richest mangrove swamp in the world. With its winding waterways and elaborate network of canals, lagoons, swamps and mangrove forests makes this reserve an excellent place for a boating bird watching tour.  It is home to two of Costa Rica’s endemic bird species plus numerous migratory and resident birds.  Of course, as I mentioned earlier this week, the Sierpe River mangroves are also great for fishing. The reserve is a wonder of nature teaming with exotic wildlife to be observed and explored. Continue reading…

Snorkeling in the Sweetest Gulf: A Great Day Trip When Visiting the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Thursday, September 27th, 2012 with 0

 

Snorkeling Gulfo Dulce Reef

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With one of the deepest gulfs in the world and an abundance of coral reefs, the Osa Peninsula is a great place to go snorkeling.  Drake Bay is one of the most popular spots for amateur and professional scuba snorkeling and scuba diving.  Not far from the coastline is the protected biological preserve Cano Island, which is a popular dive site if you want to venture deeper into the ocean than snorkeling permits. Combining a snorkeling with a boat trip out to Cano Island to do some whale or dolphin watching is a great way to spend a day when visiting the Osa Peninsula. The  Peninsula has approximately half of Costa Rica’s 500,000 species. Continue reading…

Finding Freedom in Escaping Civilization: Fishing and Other Activities Along The Sierpe River

Posted by on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 with 0

Mouth of Sierpe River

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Located along northern border of the Osa Peninsula is the Sierpe River, the gateway to the beautiful exotic Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park. The Osa Peninsula is a prime spot for fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, and surfing.  There is something here for everyone who loves the outdoors. When taking a well needed break from the hectic pace of modern life, it is a great place to book a vacation. With its warm waters, prolific fish holding structures and numerous rivers that dump rich nutrients into the ocean, some of the best fishing is found in the Osa Peninsula. There is an abundance of Red Snapper and Snook in the Sierpe River, and you can be sure that you will catch your dinner after a day of fishing here.  There are parts of this river with left hand breaks that you can surf. Another popular activist are taking wildlife tours up the river where you will spot monkeys, crocodiles, rare exotic wildlife, and hundreds of different bird species including Macaw and Toucan.

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Getting Lost in the Clouds: Hiking Osa Peninsula’s Cloud Forest

Posted by on Friday, September 21st, 2012 with 0

Photographing Cloud Forest

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The Osa Peninsula’s unique biodiversity is comprised of eight different habitats including Cloud Forest.  These micro-climates are what creates and supports the incredible biodiversity of the region. Venturing into Cloud Forests takes you well beyond roadways and modern life into a pristine world where you can get lost in the wonders of nature.  It is an adventure high into the mountains of the rainforests that cover Costa Rica and border the ocean.  It is unlike any other place in the world rich in magic and wonder. A trek through Corcovado National Park can take you up to the Cloud Forest. It is a hike worth the journey to experience being in this forest. The Cloud Forests are home to incredible species and flora diversity and because of their rarity and remoteness, there is not a lot of research done on these majestic forested areas. Continue reading…

Raising Your Ecological IQ: Ecotourism as Fun Education For Families

Posted by on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 with 0

 

Costa Rica Family Ecotour

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Costa Rica is a family friendly favored spot for ecotourism. An environmentally conscious country known for being a top international travel destination spot for eco-adventures off all types including families.  Form hiking to snorkeling to to rappelling to fishing, here you can explore the incredible rainforest as well as the Pacific Ocean in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Osa Peninsula, with Corcovado National Park and acres of protected reserves, is a great place to visit for a family eco-adventure and fishing vacation. You can explore one of the richest biologically diverse places on the planet. Here you can spot exotic animals and species that in many of parts of the world are on the verge of extinction. Costa Rica is like a real life Dr. Doolittle wonder and what could be better for both adults and their kids to share. Unfortunately, this diversity is threatened due to climate change. Continue reading…

From Field to Table: Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s treasures

Posted by on Friday, September 14th, 2012 with 2

Love Coffee

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As a reformed coffee addict, I know a good cup of coffee. Drinking high quality organic fair trade coffee is important to me both for the superior quality and taste as well as the environment. You have probably noticed rising costs for your morning cup of coffee. Thanks to climate change, coffee production in vulnerable and crops are failing. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, irregular weather patterns and changes in rainfall are causing coffee production to dwindle worldwide. In addition, coffee is one of the major crops grown in developing nations that relies on exploitation of cheap labor. Buying fair trade organically grown coffee is combating both climate change and unfair labor practices at the same time. By supporting organic farmers, with your wallet, you are contributing to the solution. Continue reading…

Getting Better With Time: Ecotourism

Posted by on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 with 0

Ecotourism Costa Rica

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Countries such as Costa Rica, Kenya, New Zealand and Australia are known as ectourism hot spots.  Ecotourism requires that the footprint of the traveler on natural resources be a sustainable one. Nations with large undeveloped land bases became interested in ecotourism because it provides a way to generate income that benefits the local economy and at the same time protects the ecosystem.  In Costa Rica, tourism earnings surpass those of coffee and bananas.

The development of ecotourism dates back to the 1960s when public concern about environmental issues increased. Conservation groups formed to lobby governments to set aside land not just for tourists or endangered animals but to also preserve the natural integrity of the ecosystem. These groups found that support for conservation efforts was stronger if people experienced  endangered species first hand. In other words, people who have a direct experience with nature are more likely to be sensitive to environmental issues.  For those living in large urban areas in the west, there is a disconnect between the natural environment and the urban one.  As great as the latest developments in technology are, the opportunity to unplug for a week and connect with nature is good for our well-being and the planet.
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USA and Costa Rica National Park Services Working Together For Conservation

Posted by on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 with 2

Olympia National Park Conservation

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The USA National Park Service and Costa Rica Parks signed an agreement to work cooperatively to protect national parks.  According to the press release, “agencies will work together to support planning, development, management and operation of protected natural parks and cultural sites. Agencies will also share information in fire management and control, climate change adaptation, marine protected areas and the development of educational and public information.” The accord will support conservation practices and sharing resources that serve the interests of the national parks for both countries. Already, the US Park Service has a cooperative relationship with Costa Rica’s park service. Continue reading…

Small is Beautiful: Sustainable Agriculture on the Osa Peninsula

Posted by on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 with 0

Shampoo Plant

I love chocolate and I love the earth, so when the two come together to form an organic sustainable farm that sounds like a good idea to me.  Kobo Farm, founded by four brothers, does just this by including a cocao orchard among the many crops it grows here.  The brothers had a vision to create a sustainable farm and went for it. It is not only a working farm, but also an educational center that ecotourists and locals visit. Here visitors learn about sustainable agriculture practices.  Kobo Farm is leading a growing trend in the area towards sustainable agriculture coupled with microfarming.  I’m betting chocolate will become the next big thing here too. Continue reading…