True to its name, the emerald glass frog (Espadarana prosoblepon) is somewhat transparent. Photo credit: Alvaro Zamora.
The end of the rainy season is in sight and we have certainly been keeping ourselves busy. Beginning with our participation in a workshop to help define a new conservation category not based on government protection, and ending with our participation in a local Tourism Expo, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve has been busy not only with our wonderful program participants but also with some fun networking opportunities. A change of staff and having Tom back on the reserve have introduced even more enthusiasm and engagement to our participant program, and we have also expanded our native tree nursery.
On November 2nd and 3rd of this year, our director Casey McConnell participated in a workshop to help define the indicators of an «Other Effective Conservation Measure» (OMEC for it´s initials in Spanish). A private nature reserve such as Cloudbridge could qualify as an OMEC, as we are not a government-designated protected area such as a national park, but we are managing the land in such a way as to promote biodiversity conservation in situ. Land that is being managed in such a way could help countries achieve their Aichi Biodiversity Targets and other environmental goals.
This month we also had the pleasure of receiving a media team from the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, who are reporting on a Gastronomical Route in the Chirripó Mountains. Some white-faced capuchins cooperated with our image and made an appearance right near the memorial garden!
San Isidro´s only Mall, the Centro Comercial Montegeneral, held a tourism fair over the weekend after Black Friday. Though the goal of Cloudbridge is not tourism per se, we chose to participate with a stand as this would allow us to engage with the general public and sneak in some environmental education in our conversations : )
Staff and program Participants
Hi, I’m Max and I am the new Operarional Manager here at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. I am originally from the UK, but i have spent the last four years working on Costa Rican scientific research stations. I’ve worked primarily in the Caribbean lowlands, but I have also been a researcher here at Cloudbridge before, which I clearly could not get enough of, so now I’ve returned in a more permenant regard.
I am responsible for the day to day running here on the reserve from a participant point of view, so if you make your way up the mountain to be an intern, researcher or volunteer, we will be getting to know each other!
My passions are for birds, frogs and wetlands but in reality i am always happy to hear about other’s passions, as enthusiasm is highly infectious in the best kind of way.
I hope to see you soon on the reserve! I can guarantee you will love it and meet wonderful like-minded people who encourage you to speak for hours about the defining features of a rainfrog. A rare opportunity indeed!
Hi! I’m Maddy Peterson and I’m the Assistant Manager here at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. In 2020 I received my Environmental Science degree and have been searching for my place in the conservation world ever since. Fall of 2021 I found Cloudbridge, and completely fell in love! What was supposed to be a 3 month bird research internship has turned into about a year of conducting various research within the jungle and becoming enamored with everything around me. Now as the Assistant Manager, my role is to help out with the projects that our researchers are doing on the reserve, facilitate activities for volunteers that come for a learning experience, and collaborate with the surrounding community when possible.
Genevieve Hinchliff, a fundraiser from the UK taking some time away from her computer to visit conservation projects around the world.
We spruced up the rooms a bit : ) Photo credit: Genevieve Hinchliff
Pics from around the Reserve
- Earlier this year, Patricia Nicolau had shared her final report with us, on the Microhabitat preferences of coatis.
- This November, the United Nations Climate Conference (COP27) was able to produce an important agreement on establishing a Loss and Damage Fund, though much remains to be seen as to who will pay into this fund. In this conference, attention was rightly drawn to the relationship between biodiversity and climate. With the UN Biodiversity Conference coming up this December in Montreal, it is a good time to highlight this connection.
- As vulnerable communities face existential threats due to rising seas or other factors, countries must make difficult decisions on how to best use limited funds for relief. This article speaks to the challenges faced by three Native American Tribes of the Pacific Northwest who are trying to pull back from the coast.
- Here at Cloudbridge we are big fans of Suzanne Simard, so of course an in-depth interview with her is always a treat. Enjoy : )