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Climate Change May Stop Sea Turtles from Coming to Costa Rica

Climate Change May Stop Sea Turtles from Coming to Costa Rica

The few, critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles that still arrive in Costa Rica during nesting season may stop coming here altogether due to climate change. In the 21st century, hawksbills… Read more »

The Annual Good Friday Cayman Hunt in Guanacaste

The Annual Good Friday Cayman Hunt in Guanacaste

In Santa Cruz, province of Guanacaste, residents of the small town of Ortega will spend a significant portion of Good Friday pursuing a member of the Alligatoridae family of species…. Read more »

Shark Warning for Gold Coast Beaches in Guanacaste

Shark Warning for Gold Coast Beaches in Guanacaste

Swimmers and surfers beware: Several whitetip reef sharks, Triaenodon obesus, have been sighted, photographed and filmed over the last few days in both Playa Langosta and Playa Avellanas, both part… Read more »

Wind Gusts in Costa Rica’s Central Valley Cause Chaos

Wind Gusts in Costa Rica’s Central Valley Cause Chaos

Relentless wind speeds reaching 90 kilometers per hour in the populous Central Valley of Costa Rica and the surrounding mountain ranges kept Red Cross workers, paramedics and public utilities crews… Read more »

Pre-Columbian Archeological Boom Underway in Costa Rica

Pre-Columbian Archeological Boom Underway in Costa Rica

The recent grand opening of the Park and Museum of the Stone Spheres and the extensive recovery and curation work of the Guayabo National Monument are the two most significant… Read more »

Documenting the Rich Biodiversity of Songbirds in Costa Rica

Documenting the Rich Biodiversity of Songbirds in Costa Rica

Residents of Costa Rica know that the dry season brings a scarcity of rain and an abundance of birdsong. This is when the lovely yiguirro (Turdus grayii or clay-colored American… Read more »

Observing Jaguars, Grison and Bush Hogs at Night in Costa Rica

Observing Jaguars, Grison and Bush Hogs at Night in Costa Rica

Since 2003, the International Institute of Wildlife Management and Conservation (Spanish acronym: ICOMVIS) has been installing infrared cameras in various national parks in Costa Rica for the purpose of monitoring… Read more »

Test Your Luck and Grow Giant Tubers in Costa Rica

Test Your Luck and Grow Giant Tubers in Costa Rica

In March 2013, daily tabloid La Teja featured a story about a farmer in Talamanca and the giant yuca (cassava, Manihot esculenta) he unearthed from his backyard. This tuber, which… Read more »

Caribbean Sea Turtle Activists in Costa Rica Ask for Help

Caribbean Sea Turtle Activists in Costa Rica Ask for Help

The Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network (WIDECAST) and Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST) are asking marine conservationists to vote for them at the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) so that… Read more »

Activists Protest Against Shark Fin Poaching in Costa Rica

Activists Protest Against Shark Fin Poaching in Costa Rica

Environmental conservation groups today asked the government to sanction a new shark finning practice, which consists of unloading the gutted carcasses of elasmobranch species. This practice, according to marine conservationists,… Read more »

Why Costa Rica is Not the Best Setting for Jurassic Park

Why Costa Rica is Not the Best Setting for Jurassic Park

Fans of the Jurassic Park universe -created by the late Michael Chrichton- were ecstatic to learn that the production team of the upcoming sequel Jurassic World recently placed a casting… Read more »

Aerospace Invention from Costa Rica Appears in Sci-Fi Novel

Aerospace Invention from Costa Rica Appears in Sci-Fi Novel

As NASA Hall of Fame astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz was recently being honored with the Buzz Aldrin Quadrennial Space Award in New York City, an author in the United States… Read more »

Albino or Just Discolored? A Blue Marlin Enigma in Costa Rica

Albino or Just Discolored? A Blue Marlin Enigma in Costa Rica

Pictures of a ghostly white blue marlin caught and released by anglers getting ready for the the third stage of  Los Suenos Triple Crown Tournament in Costa Rica have achieved… Read more »

Rainwater Harvesting Could Solve Water Issues in Guanacaste

Rainwater Harvesting Could Solve Water Issues in Guanacaste

As the high tourist season approaches its apex in Costa Rica, water shortages in Guanacaste are becoming more frequent. Waking up to hear the dismal gurgling sound of a faucet… Read more »

Costa Rica: Thousands of Flowers Are Waiting for You

Costa Rica: Thousands of Flowers Are Waiting for You

In March of last year, police officers patrolling the Upala sector in the northern region of Costa Rica made a botanical arrest. A man was caught with 112 members of… Read more »

Ecologically Friendly Construction Techniques in Costa Rica

Ecologically Friendly Construction Techniques in Costa Rica

Due to the mild and welcoming weather that can be enjoyed throughout most of the country, Costa Rica is an ideal location for eco-friendly construction techniques. This is a country… Read more »

Absence of Leatherback Turtles Worries Guanacaste Beach Town

Absence of Leatherback Turtles Worries Guanacaste Beach Town

Residents of Playa Coyote in Santa Cruz, province of Guanacaste, have always enjoyed massive arrivals of the equally massive leatherback sea turtles during nesting season. In 2014, however, the gentle… Read more »

Major Volcanic Activity in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Major Volcanic Activity in Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Volcano tourists rejoice: The Central American portion of the Ring of Fire is currently on fire, and volcanoes in Costa Rica and Nicaragua are showing off their natural beauty and… Read more »

Meet the Sloths on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Meet the Sloths on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Their cute, lovable, masked furry faces seem to smile beatifically, and are fast reaching celebrity-status in Costa Rica. In a country full of exotic wildlife, sloths are one of the… Read more »

Why Are There So Many Chemtrails in Guanacaste?

Why Are There So Many Chemtrails in Guanacaste?

A little more than four years ago, Ticos preparing to go to the polls in early February noticed that the skies above the Central Valley were crisscrossed by contrails (condensation… Read more »

Why Costa Rica Needs to Attract More Birdwatchers

Why Costa Rica Needs to Attract More Birdwatchers

The hospitality and tourism industry of Costa Rica welcomes a diversity of tourists. From surfers to eco-tourists and from science researchers to language learners, Costa Rica loves them all –even… Read more »

Trash and Littering Still Major Problems in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Trash and Littering Still Major Problems in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Trash and littering is still a major problem in Costa Rica, contradicting the self-proclaimed, ecological, diverse and clean reputation of the country. Tico littering mentality is combination of a number… Read more »

Fighting to Save the Golfo Dulce

Fighting to Save the Golfo Dulce

“Dogs barking after midnight,” remembers David, “the dogs went crazy every time a humpback whale blew or there were whales breaching right at Rincon Bay”. Those are the memories of… Read more »

Sea Shepherd Successfully Helps Guatemalan Officials to Halt Poaching

Sea Shepherd Successfully Helps Guatemalan Officials to Halt Poaching

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s high-speed trimaran, the Brigitte Bardot has returned from its first successful patrol assisting the Guatemalan Department of Fisheries in its anti-poaching enforcement operations. Asked by Fisheries… Read more »

Beyond Guanacaste: Expanding Aquaponics in Costa Rica

Beyond Guanacaste: Expanding Aquaponics in Costa Rica

Guanacaste is the aquaponics capital of Costa Rica and perhaps of Central America. This agricultural discipline has been lauded for the way it integrates principles of sustainability. The most basic… Read more »

Pumas Hunting Monkeys in Guanacaste: Not Totally Unusual

Pumas Hunting Monkeys in Guanacaste: Not Totally Unusual

A recent series of amazing photographs by Professor Rob Pringle of Princeton University show a tenacious Puma concolor (a cougar or puma) climbing the tall branches of a torchwood tree… Read more »

Top Costa Rica Eco-lodge to Host Scientific Guest Lecturers

Top Costa Rica Eco-lodge to Host Scientific Guest Lecturers

Two top U.S. biology research scientists are coming to Costa Rica in early March to lead a study trip deep in the Costa Rican rainforest on the south Pacific Coast… Read more »

Noise Pollution Threatens Marine Life in Guanacaste

Noise Pollution Threatens Marine Life in Guanacaste

The shores of Costa Rica’s Gold Coast are home to the occasional stranding of marine mammals, but these sporadic situations could result in massive beaching events unless human oceanic activity… Read more »

Guanacaste Monitors Wildlife to Prevent Electrocutions

Guanacaste Monitors Wildlife to Prevent Electrocutions

A business consortium in Guanacaste will be keeping a close eye on arboreal wildlife with a network of eight cameras that will monitor animals as they negotiate the forest canopy… Read more »

Scientific Tourism on the Rise in Costa Rica

Scientific Tourism on the Rise in Costa Rica

Educating future scientists these days calls for more than just academic training and laboratory experiments. Working in the field and interacting with the public as well as with members of… Read more »