Documentary: Challenges facing Costa Rica’s National Parks

Documentary produced at UNA and featuring several members of the ACG team (in spanish).

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ACG research in the press

ACG-based capuchin research conducted by Amanda Melin, Hilary Young, Krisztina Mosdossy, and Linda Fedigan has garnered some attention in the popular press.

Article in Journal of Human Evolution

Wash U. Press Release (english)

La Nación (español)

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Update: Coffee Talk in Santa Rosa

Tomorrow (Tuesday July 8) there will be an informal research presentation in the PEB classroom, Santa Rosa, at 1 PM. All are invited to attend. For more information contact Cathy Hulshof.

UPDATE: From Géraldine Derroire, PhD Candidate, FONASO Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme, College of Natural Sciences, School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography (SENRGY), Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom

The research presentations that were held recently in Santa Rosa were a huge hit (so were the cacao and mesquite cookies!). Here is a brief summary of the researchers who presented their work:

  • Rolando Ramos Jiménez: Activities conducted by the Programa de Educación Biológica
  • Cathy Hulshof: Taxonomic and functional diversity along an altitudinal gradient in Peninsula Santa Elena
  • Géraldine Derroire: Secondary succession in tropical dry forests
  • Saul Chevez Hernandez and Monica Myers: Ecology, behavior, genetics and physiology of primates in ACG
  • Tim Treuer: Determinants of structure and composition of biological communities in a regenerating dry forest using ultrasonic and audio recorders
  • Christina Smith: Liana diversity and abundance in tropical dry forests of ACG and Palo Verde
  • Leland Werden: Restoration of dry forest on vertisols in Estación Experimental Forestal Horizontes
  • Monica Myers: Phytoestrogens and primate diet and behavior
  • Daniel Perez Aviles: Availability for plant identification needs

Thanks to PEB for hosting us and thank you all for coming! We hope you can join us for future Charlas con Café!


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Photo Expo at the Casona

Banner expo Casona
Estimados usuarios,
Los invitamos a disfrutar de la exposición Fotográfica Costa Rica: Fronteras Naturales
Lugar: Museo Histórico Casona de Santa Rosa
Horario: 8am a 4pm
Para más informes al Tel 2666 5051 o e-mail

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ACG Fire Hotspots 2014 from CONABIO

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, and the image below, from Mexico’s CONABIO, illustrates just how brutal this year’s fire season was for the ACG, and Horizontes in particular.
link to the CONABIO early alert system
Get more info and view the data for Mexico and Central America at the project website.

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New GDFCF website launched

The Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund has relaunched their website, go check it out.

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Bird survey in the ACG this week

From Jairo Moya Vargas of Sectores:

Esteemed colleagues,

Sectores, with support from the Programa de Investigación, reminds and invites you to participate in the bird count beginning tomorrow, June 14.

Recall that the activity is to record all the birds you can observe and identify this week, and then share those records next Saturday.

We look forward to your participation.

Jairo Moya Vargas
Sectores, ACG

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EcoBiosis Portal at Museo Nacional

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 11.31.31 AMThere is a new biodiversity information portal for Costa Rica. The EcoBiosis Portal currently contains about 500 records, so at present it’s better for browsing than for searching, but definitely something to keep an eye on. It contains sections for endemic, threatened, and fossil species.

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INBio 25th Anniversary with Daniel Janzen


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Historic Trails Campaign for Santa Rosa

Check out the videos for the historic trails initiative featuring ACG ecotourism employees Johan Martínez and Adriana Chavarría. They are seeking funds to create a fully accessible trail on the site of the current sendero indio desnudo.

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