October 2022

October is the height of the rainy season in our part of Costa Rica, and we certainly did receive quite a bit of rain!  Towards the beginning of the month, various countries in Central America felt the effects of the Tropical Storm Julia.  Large amounts of rain fell throughout the country, causing some damages in roads and other infrastructure.

Sunday October 9th was the day that the tropical storm Julia brought large amounts of rain to Costa Rica. This picture of Catarata Caldera was taken the day after, with much better weather.  Photo credit: George Watson.
Photo credit: George Watson

Despite the rain, we have had a great month with exciting activities and a very nice group of volunteers and researchers.  A total of 11 participants completed the 70 hour First Aid course organized by Cloudbridge and imparted by the National Learning Institute.  This is an important community service and effort that we at Cloudbridge were very happy to spearhead.

Researchers and volunteers at Cloudbridge Nature Reserve are usually familiar with «Stephan´s plot» the area off of Montaña that was reforested as part of the research of Stephan Lehman.  For us, it was very much a pleasure to have him return to Cloudbridge with his family for a few days.   He was very happy to see the impressive growth of the trees he planted : )

We were also quite happy to receive a group of students from the local campus of the National University (UNA).  This field trip was for a class called Natural Resources and Sustainability, and the students showed a good grasp of ecosystem services, planetary limits and other important concepts.  The class was large enough to need to divide into two groups to visit Catarata Pacífica.

We were also able to enjoy a Sunday brunch at Jardines Secretos, it is lovely to share with the group of lovely people that Cloudbridge always seems to attract.

Photo credit: Valeria Cordero

Pics from around the reserve

photo credit: Valeria Cordero
Photo credit: Kevin Lee


Photo credit: Greilin Fallas
Photo credit: Greilin Fallas
Photo credit: Kevin Lee
Photo credit: Kevin Lee

Camera trapping in Chirripó


Baird´s tapir is the largest terrestrial mammal of Central America. On the sabana de los leones we were able to observe these beautiful prints crossing our path.
In this image we have Mayi´s foot for scale : )
Among the many samples of scat to be seen around the sabana de los leones there are many to be found with intact bones and nails of the animals prey. However, I never would have thought that a spinal cord could go through a digestive tract and come out whole!
The Sabana de los Leones is a beautiful open space with various grasses and the chuskia sp. dwarf bamboo which is common to Paramo landscapes. Photo credit: George Watson
Photo credit: George Watson

Recommended Reading and Viewing:

  • As part of their technical degree, students from a regional high school have recently made a short video about Cloudbridge.  We are very happy with their efforts, and invite you to take a look!
  • Carbon offsetting can take many different forms.  At Cloudbridge we have fast growing tropical forests, in other places our productive practices have been adapted to capture more carbon.  Holistic ranching can also be an important carbon sink, as described  in this article.
  • Certain parts of the world are heating faster than others.  In Greenland, people´s traditional way of life is no longer possible due to the effects of climate change.  This article takes a look at the cultural shifts they have had to undergo.
  • As we know, the COP27 will soon be taking place, at a time when many parts of the world have been already experiencing direct effects of climate change.  Here is a UN press release with information about this upcoming conference of the parties.


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