Jun 21, 2021

Regenerative agriculture changing lives!

Soils hold three times the amount of carbon currently in the atmosphere: This is how we are changing the way we look at our soils.

Since 2020 we began a training process with local families from Drake Bay. They were in a highly complex situation due to the unemployment situation in the area due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Many families returned to planting to survive, but using harmful techniques, such as chemical and agrochemical fertilizers, damage the soil and ecosystems. That is why we wanted to support families in learning cultivation techniques that respect the environment and biodiversity: Regenerative Agriculture.

Regenerative agriculture is all about tourist and volunteers can help us reach our goal:  1000 trees planted by the end of 2021 feeding the soil. According to the American University in Washington DC, soils hold three times the amount of carbon currently in the atmosphere.

 

49 families   have received training on regenerative agriculture. 

18 families of those in the training process in 2020 are currently being trained with new knowledge that improves their crops, soils, and biodiversity.

They are also learning about the respectful and sustainable care of farm animals like pigs and chickens. In addition, they are carrying out an exceptionally beautiful process of exchange of work (helping in each other’s farms), crops, and experience called "changed hands" in which a group of families supports another on their farm in the development of activities that improve their crops and exchange seeds products of their crops.

One of the families expressed to us how one of the most beautiful experiences was sharing with other families, seeing different ways of cultivating and exchanging experiences and seeds. "This process has made me see things differently, what I previously considered waste, now I know that it is extremely precious, the organic matter that plants feed on" she told us.

29 new families from Drake Bay have begun in 2021 the formation process that the other 24 families already completed last year. They are learning basic techniques of regenerative agriculture. After a distance training process through 3 workshops by Zoom, they have been learning about the essential concepts; soils, their composition, how to improve them, and different cultivation techniques.

During last weekend, we made the first practical tour in which we visited each family, to see the conditions of their land and we advised them on the challenges they will have to face to improve their crops.

Jun 18, 2021

It is that time of the year!

It's that time of the year when the Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) comes back to our shores in Costa Rica. And our team is getting ready to welcome them and protect them when they get here. Like their journey, full of adventures and unforeseen challenges, our project planning has been full of challenges!  

With the COVID 19 still not under control worldwide, we are still hoping to receive very needed volunteers like in previous years. Volunteers are essential for our work; they help us patrol the beaches, collect data, relocate nests, babysit relocated nests, and free baby turtles once they are born. Personally, that is my favorite part of it; seeing those young hatchlings and their will to make it to the ocean and how they fight the waves to make it through is so amazing! Although, meeting the moms is also very touching. These ladies are literally one in a thousand that made it. In normal conditions and due to human strains, only 1 in a 1000 sea turtles makes it to reproductive age. So, talk about meeting a real champion! These mothers who finally make it to the beach arrive hoping to find the conditions they need to lay their eggs.

Unfortunately, due to climate change, the beach-nesting area has been dramatically reduced, and the nests are threatened by overpopulated natural predators, dogs, and egg poachers. Last year, with Costa Rica having its borders closed, we could only rely on local volunteers.  Local volunteers are amazing people who put their heart and blood into protecting their heritage, but most of them were unemployed, and they couldn't afford to pay for their food or insurance. So your donations and your support were a tremendous help to maintain our efforts.  

Our partners from Rascarey have already built the nursery in playa Rincon and have started patrolling the beach. Last week, Rob, our biologist, trained the volunteers there at the Rascarey Station. The sea turtle conservation program in Playa Hermosa-Punta Mala Biological Station will be launching on July 01st. 

We will keep you posted! Thank you so much for your support!!   

Jun 18, 2021

9 teenagers doing wildlife monitoring

Community organizations of Drake Bay contacted us concerned about the situation faced by the community youth and asking us for help to face this situation. The community has few alternatives for training and healthy recreation for young people. This leaves them few options to enjoy their free time and makes them vulnerable to succumbing to alcohol or drugs.

For this reason, in 2021, we contacted Corcovado National Park to form a youth group as Junior Park Rangers.

Nine young people between the ages of twelve and seventeen from Drake College are training in wildlife monitoring with a Corcovado National Park Ranger. They have already received two theoretical workshops on identifying mammal tracks and the placement of camera traps. In addition, they are learning about the different institutions that protect the environment.

In our last session, the Junior Park Rangers were placing three camera traps inside a path of the Corcovado National Park. The Junior Park Rangers will be in charge of collecting the images from these cameras and identifying the fauna that appears in them. One of our young people wrote to us impatiently asking when we could collect the photos from the camera traps that we had placed.

We will be sharing them with you in our next newsletter. Thank you for helping us maintain our environmental education and community development activities.

 
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