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May 2019

News

Project DynaMAR: Tagging, data collection underway

Project DynaMAR (Dynamic Marine Animal Research) has officially completed our second tagging trip in Costa Rica. Danielle Haulsee, Will Oestreich and Hannah Blondin spent four days 125 miles offshore of Quepos, Costa Rica in late March searching for blue marlin and sailfish. Fishing effort was concentrated on a fish aggregating device, or FAD, which was anchored to an offshore seamount. The FAD aggregates baitfish like yellowfin and skipjack tuna, which then attract blue marlin and sailfish. Although March and April are considered to be the “slow season” for billfish (especially blue marlin), the team was still able to... [read more]

The DynaMAR team has begun tagging billfish including blue marlin and sail fish.
SELAL Students from Puerto Jimenez and Uvita enjoying the first SELAL get together.

SELAL Continues to Build Connections

We would like to thank our wonderful collaborators who provide talks, workshops, tours, funds, and supplies, so that our program can continue to impact youth in the region. A special thanks to the Puerto Jiménez Professional Technical High School, the Uvita High School, and Kabe International Academy for the use of their facilities.
 
The SELAL team has gotten stronger with the inclusion of local assistant coordinators Marcela Sequeira (Uvita) and Alina Oporta (Puerto Jiménez). They did an outstanding job helping Erika Sibaja and Arlet Quirós (SELAL’s local coordinators) manage the programs and further build community connections! We also involved previous SELAL participants as interns/leaders. They took on many of the responsibilities previously held by Stanford interns, including providing talks and fun high-energy activities. These changes are... [read more]

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INOGO team member Travis Bays and his wife Pilar hiking the Camino de Oro in January 2019.

Supporting Caminos de Osa 

INOGO will be increasing engagement with the Caminos de Osa Association as support from the Alcanzando Escala program, financed and managed by CRUSA, IDB, and MIDEPLAN, comes to an end.  Regional Coordinator, Travis Bays, will be providing business development coaching to board members and local administrator, Alina Oporte Arias, alumni of SELAL. In addition...[read more]

Small mammal predation on dummy/fake caterpillar (made out of modeling clay) at one of LAPA's experimental plots..
LAPA Summit Convenes Collaborators; Shares Insights 
On February 24th 2019, LAPA held its first ever summit. This activity gathered LAPA’s team (local coordinators Hansel Herrera and Diego Godinez, and Rodolfo Dirzo, head of the project), along with two collaborators from each experimental site. The summit took place in Piedras Blancas, at the site of one of LAPA’s plantations. The objectives were i) to re-affirm the local, regional and indeed global significance of the project for all local participants (why are we doing this?); ii) to exchange experiences among all participants of LAPA (what has/has not worked in which site, how to address challenges, and how can we learn from each other?); iii) to promote the bonding and engagement among all participants (how does our networking help develop a community of learning?).
The summit started off with an introductory talk by... [read more]
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