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Project Blogs - Costa Rica


Hiya, I’m Lila, I’m here for 3 months and I am hoping to do a project on the crocodiles and caimans in the lagoon. The lagoon is only 5 minutes from the camp and connects to the sea during the wet season. I’m here in the dry season but I am still hoping to look at the abundance of crocodiles and caimans in the lagoon.

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I’m going to come clean - I don’t really have a clue about nature. Or science. Or travel. Or anything you’d likely associate with Frontier’s work in Costa Rica.

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It’s been another busy week at camp Osita. The schedule included usual turtle patrols and surveys as well as some trailblazing to see if we can extend some of our current trails we use for surveys. However, this week was particularly eventful as I celebrated my 19th birthday ...jungle style!

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It has been all out this week on the bird front. Every week we conduct at least 2-morning bird surveys where we listen to the calls of birds and hopefully identify some of our four key study species. After being here for 4 months, I have seen most of our study species and this week I finally saw the black-cheeked ant tanager!

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On the first morning here, I was on a habitat survey by Laguna Vista. We were lucky enough to have a lot of bird activity, including one of the subject birds (Cherrie’s Tanager) as well as the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, several Boat-billed Herons and a Bare-throated Tiger Heron.

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An enlightening, impassioned, unequivocal love letter and ode to Jungle Bread™. If you decide to join us at Camp Osita, you’re going to have to eat jungle bread. Okay, so you’re not going to have to, but did you manage to steer clear of Poundland’s fidget spinner section when they were big? Or resist the temptation to try twerking in front of the mirror when that was a thing? Neither did I. Let’s all be honest here - if everyone’s doing it, it’s hard not to join in.

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My name is Francesca, I am the Research Officer at the Frontier Costa Rica project on the Osa Peninsula. I am going to give you a brief overview into life at Camp Osita, our jungle home.

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I’ve just completed two weeks at Camp Ostia, Carate Beach, Costa Rica (starting 31/12/2018). Even though typing this up in a hostel dorm with lights, fans and sand free toilets and showers I’m missing camp life.

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It was a clear morning after four days of constant rain. For the first time in a while, the colectivo would brave the jungle road between Puerto Jiménez and Carate again. It was judged by the locals that it had not rained enough for the different rivers along the way to have decreased in volume and current to be able to ford. So, 6AM on a Wednesday, we set out for Carate.

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It’s difficult to put into words the experience I have had here at Camp Osita. Everything is so different from life back in London, that to explain it in on would not do it justice, or be able to capture what camp life is truly like.

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