USFWS – Wildlife Without Borders

Osa Birds is now partnering with the USFWS Central America Wildlife Without Borders program in a multi-tiered effort to create healthy landscapes and sustainable livelihoods along the Caminos de Osa “Pathways” trails on the Osa Peninsula.

This project is also in collaboration with the Costa Rica United States Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), the Asociacion Caminos de Osa, Reinventing Business for All (RBA) and the National System of Conservation Areas – Osa Conservation Area (SINAC-ACOSA).

The Caminos de Oro trail is one of three long trails much like the Appalachian Trail (AT) in the eastern United States or the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT) in the west.   Tourism to the Osa Peninsula is primarily directed towards Corcovado National Park where wildlife is in greater abundance which of course is attractive to both locals and visitors alike.  Land outside of the park is largely rural, with little tourism and a greater level of unsustainable illegal practices.  El Camino de Oro is a tourism initiative which is geared towards bringing visitors to rural Osa to enjoy the trails and Osa’s amazing beautiful biodiversity, to know and support the rural communities that are located on or near the trails, and to increase wildlife populations by reducing unsustainable activities.Concepts in Monitoring

Osa Birds in particular is in direct on-the-ground collaboration with SINAC-ACOSA to build capacity in community participative biological monitoring in the small rural communities of Dos Brazos de Rio Tigre and Rancho Quemado.  Our overall project goals are to:

  • Reduce unsustainable land use practices and increase wildlife populations in two new ecotourism sites within the Osa Peninsula forest landscape
  • Increase scientific knowledge on key indicator species through building local individual and institutional capacity to inventory and monitor biodiversity
  • Build local awareness and ownership of conservation activities through development of a collaborative community monitoring and ecotourism initiative
Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus) female courteous of Cataline Mora

Black-throated Trogon (Trogon rufus) female courteous of Cataline Mora

Our specific project objectives are to:

  • Organize a 6-week training course for community individuals and park guards to build institutional and individual capacity for biological inventory and monitoring.
  • Establish a baseline inventory of priority indicator plant and animal species, land use practices assessment, and conservation monitoring plan for two Osa trails.
  • Set up a community-based structure to support ecotourism at two priority sites in the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve, the protected lands outside Corcovado National Park.

Since the start of our Project we have completed our capacity building course and our first season of baseline biological monitoring of birds, mammals and plants. Our committee structures are set up and we are now working towards developing our basic local draft management plans for monitoring and conservation.

To date, both Dos Brazos and Rancho Quemado have decided that supporting native Plants monitoringplants in their respective communities is a priority to increasing wildlife populations, supporting healthier landscapes to both the people and local fauna that depend on them.  As such, they are each designing a native plants nursery and community botanical garden.  Both communities have already taken large steps towards creating local businesses to support tourism and local trails that people can enjoy for a long time to come.


Spot-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia imitans)

Spot-crowned Euphonia (Euphonia imitans)




Check out our parallel native plants project with the community of Dos Brazos and our friend and partner Andrea Johnson! 

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