Archive for August, 2009

A Cleaner Community

August 28, 2009

Two important clean-up events took place this past week…

Last Friday’s Community Clean-Up organized by Titi Conservation Alliance Member, Iguana Tours, was a great success!

Iguana Tours Clean-Up DayIguana Tours Clean-Up DayParticipants were able to clean areas from downtown Quepos, all the way to the Mar y Sombra area of Playa Espadilla.

Efforts such as these are a wonderful testament to the action-oriented spirit of Iguana Tours for being more than a business; for being a truly beneficial community member.

And on Monday, Titi Conservation Alliance participated in the important clean-up of Playa Espadilla, the main public beach adjacent to Manuel Antonio National Park.

Organized by the Alliance’s Community Partner, Grupo Manuel Antonio, these Beach Clean-Up activities can bring great change to the cleanliness of this important beach area.

GMA beach clean-up photos

Thank you Titi Conservation Alliance volunteers, Chelsea and David, for joining us in this effort!

We encourage all who are able to lend a hand to come out for the next scheduled clean-up of Playa Espadilla on Friday, October 9, from 7:30am-10:30am.


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Welcome New Member – Villas Tranquilas!

August 25, 2009

We are honored to introduce the newest Member of Titi Conservation Alliance – Villas Tranquilas!

Villas Tranquilas Logo

Located “off the beaten path” in Quepos, Costa Rica; Villas Tranquilas offers guests a truly private, relaxing, family-friendly and adventure- and nature-filled experience.

Working towards their Certificate for Environmental Tourism (CST) is a top priority for Villas Tranquilas, as is providing the best possible habitat for titi monkeys.

For these reasons, and for their commitment to growing towards a truly green business, we are honored to have them as a Member of the Titi Conservation Alliance.

Please visit their website – www.villastranquilas.com – to see for yourself what a wonderful addition to the Titi Team they are!

Join together for a Greener Green!

August 20, 2009

iguanatours announcement

Titi Conservation Alliance Member, Iguana Tours, is sponsoring a wonderful recycling and clean-up event TOMORROW, Friday, August 21.

Beginning at 1pm, a team of 40 Iguana Tours staff members and hotel employees will travel from downtown Quepos to the Mar y Sombre area at Espadilla Beach, collecting recyclable plastic, aluminum, paper, glass, and all types of trash.

If you would like to help or to receive more information, please call (506) 2777-2052, or email reservas@iguanatours.com

Iguana Tours Logo

Thank you, Iguana Tours, for sponsoring such important work for the community!

Reminder – We can all use a little extra Common Cents

August 18, 2009

Common Cents Logo

The Common Cents donation program is a great way to get your customers involved with the community causes that matter to you.

Contact us at info@monotiti.org for information on how to begin the program for your business today!

(please read our Blog post from July 20 for more information on the program)

The Impressive Espave Tree

August 14, 2009

Espave

This majestic tree, best known as the “espavé”, is one of 22 species of native Costa Rican trees that we plant along our Naranjo River Biological Corridor.  Espavel can be easily recognized by its extremely heavy trunk and dense foliage.  Its common name comes from the Spanish saying “es pa ver”, meaning “to see”.  This came from natives and explorers of the region, who would climb this remarkably tall tree for use as a look-out.

The fruits of the espavé are kidney-shaped, similar to a cashew nut.  They are an abundant and important food source for the wild fauna, especially for the Titi Monkeys who often stop to enjoy a feast.  The sweet-flavored nuts can also be consumed by humans when the seed coat is mature.

When talking to Titi Conservation Alliance Forestry Engineer, Juan Pablo Aguero, he had the following to say about this impressive and important tree:

The largest of the espavé trees that I have come across was in the town of  Naranjito, on the edge of the Paquita River along the property of Carlos Luis Aryan.  This particular tree stood 25 meters high, and 3 meters in diameter!  Data showed this magnificent tree to be about 300 years old, making it the witness of thousands of events and changes in the area, and pronouncing it the grandfather of the local species.

TAXONOMIA

Family: Anacardiaceae

Scientific Name: Anacardium excelsum

Common Name: Espavé, espavel, rabito

To learn more about the Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor project, please visit our website at www.monotiti.org.

Interesting Opinion on the Beginning of “Eco-Tourism”

August 11, 2009

A topic of constant conversation and debate, “eco-tourism” plays a crucial role in the lives of most Costa Ricans, as well as that of businesses and conservation groups like ours.

The article below provides an interesting take on the history of this enterprise, and how it became such a large part of our lives:

http://travelcrowd.net/teddy-roosevelt-the-matterhorn-and-costa-rica-eco-tourism-the-beginnings/

Breeding Season Begins!

August 7, 2009

From early August through early October, you may notice some larger-than-usual titi monkeys bounding about.

Why this change in size, you may wonder?

Male titis gain weight during mating season in order to impress the ladies of of the troop.  This process is called “fatting” – The larger the male, the more likely he will be chosen by a female.

fatting male titis

Photo courtesy of Krembo1 – www.flickr.com/krembo1

With a polygamous mating system, the larger males of a troop will usually monopolize the majority of copulations during this season.  However, younger, less experienced females will often mate with the smaller males of the troop as well.

After mating season is complete, gestation lasts for roughly 145 days, making birthing season occur from February to early April.  This is the dry season, and the time of the most arthropod abundance; perfect for feeding new hungry mouths.

Titi monkeys share breeding and birthing synchrony in an effort to fight predation.  All pregnant females within a troop will give birth within two weeks of one another.

What smart, intriguing mammals!

To learn more about the titi monkeys of Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, and efforts in place to help protect them, please visit our website at www.monotiti.org; or contact us at info@monotiti.org.

Helping Local Hotels Obtain Environmental Certifications

August 5, 2009

In partnership with Rainforest Alliance, we are helping to provide FREE environmental inspections to local hotels in pursuit of the Sustainable Tourism Certification (CST).

With these inspections, Rainforest Alliance is offering an extensive assessment of the current practices of each individual hotel.  They will then be able to provide a detailed report of all findings, with an environmental performance “score” and a plan of action for making all necessary improvements.

These inspections will be followed by a Seminar hosted by Titi Conservation Alliance and Rainforest Alliance for all participating hotels.  This Seminar will be focused on addressing the issues that arose from inspections with each hotel, and will offer further consultation on the best ways to improve upon those issues.

This is a very valuable opportunity for all local hotels, and we encourage you to be a part of the process!

It’s easy to set up a date for inspections, simply contact us at info@monotiti.org.

Remember – Recycle Milk and Juice Cartons!

August 2, 2009

The problem of solid waste at the company level and at work is complicated. One of the most feasible options is to recycle or reuse waste in other roles.

Commonly used Tetra Brik cartons (which your milk and/or juice probably comes in) pollute the environment significantly. One of the biggest problems with these cartons is that they are difficult to recycle because they are made of a combination of alloy paper, plastic and aluminum. When things are made of numerous properties, those properties are difficult to separate, and therefore to recycle. Therefore, since you cannot recycle these cartons properly, we would like to give you another option to help keep them out of our landfills and waste. At the Titi Conservation Alliance, we have found a very good use for these cartons as “planters” within our Organic Tree Nurseries.

In years passed, we used plastic bags for planting seedlings; but we will now use the Tetra Brik packaging to produce 3000 trees in the nurseries this year. But we need your help, and your reusable Tetra Brik cartons!

tetra brik containers in nursery

How To Do It:

1 – When consuming products that come packaged in Tetra Brik containers, the first step is to wash the container to remove waste products (milk or juice), to keep offensive odors at bay.

2 – Cut the top of the container, to pack it well and help it to remain clean and dry:

Tetra Brik standing

3 – Or, you may crush the container to reduce space:

Tetra Brik crushed

4 – Save packages together in one place.  When you have a significant amount to be picked up, give us a call and we will come gather them.

Thank you for your help!