Osa Peninsula – Costa Rica
The Osa Peninsula is a true jewel of land, water, and life. Covering an area of just 700 square miles on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the peninsula harbors 2.5 percent of the biodiversity of the entire planet. Here, Round River is partnered with the organization Osa Conservation. Since 2003 Osa Conservation has worked with the mission of conserving the globally significant biological diversity of the Osa Peninsula, and we are assisting with those efforts. Their work involves the creation of private protected areas, replanting deforested areas with native tree species, establishing biological corridors, species conservation, wildlife monitoring, community outreach and education.
Summer 2016 saw our first group of students in Costa Rica. Our students spent the first week of the program on a rainforest reserve near Guapiles (Bosque Lluvioso), conducting amphibian surveys. The group then moved down to the remote Osa Peninsua, where they spent the rest of the term assisting Osa Conservation with various projects, including sea turtle monitoring, stream surveys, setting up camera traps to study wildlife, and habitat restoration projects. We look forward to running our first full semester program in Costa Rica in January 2017.