Archive for March, 2010

Manuel Antonio Public Beach Cleanup

March 29, 2010

beach cleanup crew

This month’s public beach cleanup was held on Friday, 26 March 2010. We all had great fun,  thanks to the participation of a group of students from the Colegio Tecnico Profesional Quepos, divers and staff from the Oceans Unlimited Scuba Diving and a number of the Titi Conservation Alliance members. We left the beach in great shape and hopefully made some impression on tourists and people working on the beach, by showing them that the beach can be enjoyed by all of us, but that its beauty and cleanliness is the responsibility of all of us as well.

The next beach cleanup is planned for 22 April, the Earth Day.

LightHawk in Manuel Antonio

March 21, 2010

There is nothing the staff of the Titi Conservation Alliance would not do in order to fulfill their duties, including flying in a small, very small plane.  In order to evaluate the success and find gaps in the Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor, we have requested help from the LightHawk, an international volunteer environmental aviation organization which flies thousands of missions every year all over North and Central America in order to help work of non-governmental and community environmental organizations.

“It was fantastic, there is nothing one cannot see from the air’ said Juan Pablo Aguero, Titi Alliance Forestry Engineer, who flew with the Warren Umana from the Municipality and Cristian Bogantes from MINAET.

LightHawk flies its missions free of charge and is supported solely through contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals.

Juan Pablo took more than 50 photos of the Rio Naranjo watershed, where the Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor is located, and will be happy to share them with other environmental organization which need them.

Titi Conservation Alliance is counting on a long-term partnership with the LightHawk and hopes to use their generous services every year in order to monitor the changes in the forest cover of the Rio Naranjo watershed, and in consequences, the rehabilitation of the habitat of endangered titi monkeys.

THE NEW GENERATION ARRIVED

March 7, 2010

This time of year is the delight for many animals in Costa Rica. The forests are covered with blooms of all colors, others already have fruits hanging heavily off branches, and some trees are full of seeds that are already covering the forest floor. Bugs, bees and other insects are buzzing everywhere. This time of abundance is the time titi monkey mothers bring their babies to the world.

But, hoping to see the babies of this elusive species of primates endemic to the Central Pacific of Costa Rica is not realistic, since they are declared endangered and their current number is estimated to about 1,500. Many local people sadly say that they rarely see them any more. So, imagine my delight when a couple of mornings ago I woke up by the chirping of a whole troup of titis right in my garden in Manuel Antonio. There is a number of special monkey treats growing in the yard, like cocoa tree, several types of palms, but that is not unique in Manuel Antonio and does not explain this unexpected visit. The troup stayed for hours, to the delight of the whole neighborhood. There were 5-6 mothers with babies that I could see, all babies about the same size, maybe a month old. Some of the youngsters were trying to brave the world by venturing up the tree branch in search of a treat, quickly followed by a concerned mother.

The babies stay attached to their mother’s back for the first five weeks of their life, but by the age of two months they start spending more and more time with their friends play-fighting, and eventually by the age of four months they are completely weaned.

Let’s hope that this scene was witnessed all over the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, where the titis live. Whether the reason is the hard work of Titi Conservation Alliance on rehabilitating the habitat or mono titis, or they are simply adapting to closer interactions with humans and greatly disturbed environment, their survival is our great hope and joint  responsibility.

See more photos at the Titi Conservation Alliance Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=photos&gid=119195955653