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Going ‘azul’ in Costa Rica

HEREDIA, Costa Rica – In Costa Rica, “flying blue” may be even better than “going green.” The Blue Flag Ecological Program, known as Bandera Azul, is an international program adopted in Costa Rica to improve each community’s environment. Established in 1996 in Europe, it encourages citizens to recycle and conserve natural resources through a variety of … Continue reading

Two solutions to cattail infestation cause other problems

By Caitlin Watters and Kelly Juric PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica – Home to more than 400 species of animals, Palo Verde National Park is slowly being taken over by an alien plant. Typha is a trouble plant that dominates the wetlands during the rainy season, destroying other plants and disrupting the wildlife that … Continue reading

First it was the Golden Toad: Amphibians at risk across the globe

MONTEVERDE, Costa Rica – Walking along dirt trails engulfed in darkness, participants at the Wildlife Refuge night tour in Monteverde have only narrow beams of light from small flashlights for guidance. On this cool July night, tourgoers are treated to sights of insects that resemble leaves, a trio of rare oil birds, and a mother … Continue reading

Making Leaps in the Lab

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK, Costa Rica – At Palo Verde National Park, small creatures roam along the dense vegetation, hopping atop the moist soil before planting a seat on the lily pads that dot the wetlands. These common frogs are an important part of Costa Rica’s ecosystem. Over the years scientists with the Organization for … Continue reading

BREAKING: Arrests made in Jairo Mora murder case

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – On the two-month anniversary of the murder of 26-year-old conservationist Jairo Mora, Costa Rican police have arrested eight suspects in connection with his death. La Nación reported that police found among the suspects’ possessions cell phones and purses belonging to the four women kidnapped along with Mora on May 30. … Continue reading

Organization for Tropical Studies celebrates anniversary with developments in sustainability

PALO VERDE NATIONAL PARK – Driving down a one-way, dirt road, visitors are surrounded by dense, green trees entwined in curling vines. As the tunnel of foliage clears, a small building with several trucks parked out front comes into view. The sign on the door reads, “Organization for Tropical Studies.” As the bus doors open, … Continue reading