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Costa Rica is breathtaking in its biodiversity. Rainforests drip with clicking invertebrates, and seas teem with swirling fish. Costa Rica has shores on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and with the rainforest in between, it's no wonder the country vibrates with such incredible flora and fauna. Here, you'll find six species of felines, four species of primates, and five of the remaining seven species of sea turtles, including the distinguished baulas. Baula is the term Central Americans use to describe leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). Between the months of March and July, female baulas can be found struggling up the beaches on the Caribbean shores of Costa Rica. Agile in the water, they labor in the sand to follow an ancient path out of the ocean. Under the cover of night, they ... Read More

Alumni, Conservation, Education, Nature, Nonprofit, Professional Development, Science, Travel

A month ago, while walking the beach with an EPI group for a 12 o’clock patrol, Rocio and I witnessed a key moment for all sea turtle conservationists: more than 60 green turtle hatchlings coming down the beach heading Godspeed to the sea. How many people get to face such clear evidence of the worth of their mission? How many times in life can one see, translated in hundreds of new lives, all the sweat and effort put into one’s task? Seeing that one nest hatch was even more special because green turtles are rarer than leatherbacks on our beach. This subpopulation of green turtles nests all the way from northern Caribbean of Costa Rica to northern Panama, peaking in Tortuguero National Park where green turtles lay more than 100,000 nests every year. Their feeding grounds are located in the Caribbean of northern Panama and central Nicaragua where the... Read More

Conservation, Nature

Heading into bear country? Be prepared with common sense, good safety measures, and bear spray. Bear spray is the most effective deterrent of aggressive bears. Its fine spray of capsicum derivatives is non-lethal and temporarily reduces a bear’s ability to see and breathe, allowing you time to get out of the area. Practice these bear spray tips, so you can be confident and knowledgeable while hiking and camping in grizzly and black bear habitat. Know Before You Go Never carry bear spray in your pack. It’s useless if it’s not easily accessible. Keep it on your chest or hip. Practice taking the spray out of the holster and removing the safety clip with your thumb. You can use an inert can to practice firing. Bear spray is meant to be sprayed at a bear. It is not like insect repellent, and it will cause... Read More

How To, Nature