Archive for September, 2009

Bringing Monkey Business to the EXPO

September 29, 2009

This weekend, Titi Conservation Alliance participated in the 2nd Annual EXPO Manuel Antonio.

EXPO Manuel Antonio

Hosted by our Community Partner, Grupo Manuel Antonio; the EXPO brings together businesses from all sectors of the tourism community of Costa Rica.

With a booth generously donated to us by Grupo MA; we were able to share with all participants, information about our work, our supporting Members, and the importance of the titi monkey.

Juan Pablo at EXPO 2009

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Learn Something New Everyday

September 24, 2009

Today, Titi Conservation Alliance participated in the Native Plants Workshop hosted by Member hotel, Arenas del Mar Beach & Resort.

And what a spectacular day it was!

With presentations by ProNativas and discussions on the importance of native plants here in Costa Rica; we were happily overwhelmed with endless amounts of interesting and pertinent information.

Thank you, Arenas del Mar, for inviting us to this great event!

Costa Rica Develops Green Building Council

September 21, 2009

With 5% of the World’s Biodiversity on just 0.01% of its’ land surface, Costa Rica is arguably one of the richest countries on the planet.  (Rich in Biodiversity, that is.)

Of course, this has led the country to becoming a leader in Eco-Tourism, and a top destination for many foreign tourists.

With this in mind, Costa Rica has now developed its own chapter of the Green Building Council.

Green Building Council Costa Rica

This chapter can provide LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) education and certification to developers and realtors throughout the country.  It will be a monumental step in the direction towards positive sustainable development.  Costa Rica, Brazil, and Mexico are currently the only countries within Latin America to undertake the development of Green Building Councils.

For more information on this initiative, please read this article from “Inside Costa Rica”.

Members and Shovels and Trees, Oh My!

September 17, 2009

Here are some fun photos from last Saturday’s Reforestation Day with our Members…

Thank you again to all who came out; what a wonderful day!

Marvelous Member Reforestation!

September 14, 2009

On Saturday, September 12, we (Titi Conservation Alliance) organized a wonderfully fun and productive day of reforestation with our Member businesses and their employees, family, and friends.

With close to 30 people out early for a day of planting trees along our Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor, we were able to plant over 750 trees in only two hours!

(We will post photos from this wonderful day in the next post…Please check back soon!)

Thank you to the following Members who participated in this activity – The Falls, Cafe Milagro, Iguana Tours, Hotel Si Como No, Marina Pez Vela, Arenas Del Mar, Pacific Trade Winds, and Aguirre Chamber of Commerce.

It is important that our Members see, and actively participate in, the work that their monetary contributions help to make a reality.  We are so glad that everyone could come out and truly “walk the walk” of positive conservation efforts!

*We also want to send a big THANK YOU to Iguana Tours for providing transportation for the day; to Hotel Parador for donating sandwiches and crackers for all the hard workers; and to Hotel Si Como No, Arenas Del Mar, and Hotel Parador for donating shovels for the day as well.

Surprise Visitor at the Workplace

September 11, 2009

While sitting in our office space in Cafe Milagro Manuel Antonio (generously donated to us by our Member and co-Founder, the Cafe itself); we heard a small commotion outside…

Sloth at Cafe Milagro

Venturing out to investigate, we found quite a surprise – A three-toed sloth had stopped by for a visit on the veranda of the cafe!

Making his way back to safety

With the help of Cafe employees, we were able to help the sloth back up the stone wall, and onto the safety of the rich, green mango tree above.

You never can be sure who might stop by to check on the work of Titi Conservation Alliance

Just another day at the office!Back in the tree

Making a Difference

September 8, 2009

Titi Conservation Alliance was honored to help Member business, Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort, with a recent donation program for local Paquita School.

When Arenas Del Mar came to the Alliance for advice in finding a school “in need”; we were quick to send reference to the small school just outside of Quepos.

Our environmental educator, Isaias Orias, has been working with students in the 4th and 5th grades at Paquita.  After spending time with weekly lessons at the school, Isaias has not only been moved by the big hearts of the students and teachers, but has also seen their dire needs for simple, day-to-day materials.

Subsequently, Arenas Del Mar set out to make their donations count.

As a part of a new program set up at the Resort, clients are asked at the end of each visit if they would like to make a donation to the causes which Arenas Del Mar personally supports – Titi Conservation Alliance and Kids Saving the Rainforest.

They have had a wonderful response from their visitors, and were therefore able to use those donations to help provide a substantial list of greatly needed materials for Paquita School.

The following materials were donated, reaching a total contribution of over 1 million colones worth of supplies for the students and teachers of Paquita:

  • Letter size printer paper
  • Graphite pencils
  • Large colored pencils
  • Construction Paper
  • Print cartridges (black and colored)
  • Plastic rulers
  • Clay
  • Small Scissors
  • Childrens’ Books
  • Sketchbooks
  • Rubber Glue
  • Glue sticks
  • Basic Spanish Dictionaries
  • Flourescent Markers
  • Permanent Markers
  • Acrylic Slate Markers
  • Acrylic Classroom Boards

Arenas Del Mar was certain to contribute enough of each material for every child at Paquita (a total of 220 students), as well as operational supplies for the teachers and school itself.

Take a minute to scroll through the photos above that were taken at the donation activity at Paquita…You’ll see some happy faces, some hard-working employees, and a lot of positive growth!

We were honored to join Arenas Del Mar for this donation activity at Paquita, where they displayed their true dedication to making positive community impacts.

New Member – Pacific Trade Winds!

September 3, 2009

We are proud to welcome the newest Member of Titi Conservation Alliance – Pacific Trade Winds!

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Based in Nuevo Arenal, Pacific Trade Winds offers clients numerous options for travel planning throughout Costa Rica via two helpful websites – www.costaricavacation4me.com and www.entercostarica.com.

Not only do they help to provide visitors with a wonderful Costa Rican travel experience; they also go above and beyond to make positive community impacts.  Specifically, the company is currently working on the creation of an extensive environmental education and recycling program for the local school.  This is an entirely volunteer effort on their part, and speaks wonders of their genuine hearts and desires to work for and with the community.

We at Titi Conservation Alliance are excited to help them in these efforts; and are proud to welcome them to the Alliance!


Native Garden Workshop This Month!

September 1, 2009

Titi Conservation Alliance Member, Arenas Del Mar, is hosting a wonderful workshop on native gardening in Costa Rica.

Scheduled for the 24th and 25th of this month, this workshop promises to be both informative and fun; providing great information on planting practices, nursery care, and personal gardening tips.

CRflowerNative Gardens Workshop

Location: Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort, Manuel Antonio, CR

Date: September 24-25, 2009 (Max. capacity 15 people)

The purpose of this workshop is to offer training on natural landscaping; the importance and
usefulness of native plants used as ornamentals; and to teach participants proper
collection and practices for establishing their own nursery.

Cost: 15,000 colones (includes refreshments and lunch)

Exhibitors: Biologist Willow Zuchowski (Author of the book ‘Tropical Plants of Costa Rica’),
Karen Arras (Landscape), Maria Elena Chinchilla (Landscape)
Catherine Bainbridge and Reinaldo Aguilar (Botanicos, Los Charcos de Osa)

Itinerary:

Day 1: 9 am – 3 pm
• Introduction of Pronativas:  Mission; Experience in Monteverde; Pronativos Growth Network; Why
Native Plants: ecological and economic reasons
• Design a garden with native plants
10:45 am Break
• Walk to see the gardens of Arenas del Mar
• Ornamental potential of native plants;  Native gardens of the Osa Peninsula
Lunch 12:30
• Invasive exotic plants species (non-native) in Costa Rica
• The ethics of collecting and propagating plants
• Preparing the nursery
Homework: bring examples of plants near your home
that are wild and can help start your garden

Day 2 8 am – 1 pm
• Walking through property of Arenas del Mar for collecting plant species
• 10:30 am Break
• Practical Propagation / Planting plants
Lunch 12:30
• Conclusion: Questions and Comments

Please contact Kalinga Rodriguez, Arenas Del Mar Sustainability Director, to reserve your space:

2777-2777 or sostenibilidad@arenasdelmar.com