March 2011 Trip

Hello everyone! My good friend Gladys and I made a trip to Santa Rosa to make some progress towards our eventual grand opening. We cleaned areas that became overgrown while we were gone and planted more trees that will be useful for the animals in our future endeavours. We planted guava, custard fruit, cocoa, noni, and manzana rosa (pink apples). Please enjoy our pictures and videos below. I will continue to add more information as time allows so check back frequently.

This juvenille parrot was in a neighbors tree, chatting away. Who knows what type it is?

This huge nest was found hanging over the river, the river was very low.

Long Nosed Bats - this colony lives under a bridge over the Sierppe river.

Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) - a huge flock of brown pelicans lived off the shore at Corocovado National Park. These birds weigh from 2.75 to 5.5 kg (6.1 to 12 lb) and have a wingspan from 1.83 to 2.5 m (6.0 to 8.2 ft). They dive for fish from the air. They eat mainly fish, amphibians and crustaceans. Groups will fly in single file, low over the surface of the water.

Cane Toad - this large toad took advantage of the night porch light that attracted all types of delicious bugs!

Capuchin monkey story - this was a fabulous experience that could have gone very wrong, follow the pictures below to see the result. This female monkey with a baby came down out of a tree and took a piece of watermelon from the hand of our boat captain.

Capuchin dad was not at all happy with the interaction, came running down the tree, shook branches violently and repeated false charges.

A great picture of the baby.

Mom capuchin looking at dad, clearly not impressed by his display.

An unknown bird from the Sierppe River - who knows what it is? A type of rail I am guessing???

Tapir (T.bairdi) - These strange herbivores have a prehensile trunk which is actually an extended nose and upper lip. They are related to horses, although they look like they would be in the pig family. Depending on the area, they are considered endangered or threatened due to hunting and deforestation. I took five pictures, all of his bum! Every time the camera was ready he would turn his back to me. We followed this lone male for approximately 15 minutes.

Two beautiful owl eye butterflies. It has been shown that the eye spots are a decoy, diverting predatory attacks away from the vulnerable body, and towards the outer part of the hindwings or the forewing tip. It is thought that some small predatory animals will think twice before going near patterns resembling eyes with a light-colored iris and a large pupil, which matches the appearance of the eyes of many predators that hunt by sight.

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) - non-breeding winter residents in Sierppe. They have a 41"wing span.

Leaf-cutter ant nest - these ants form the largest and most complex animal societies on Earth. Nests can grow to more than 30 metres (98.4 ft) across, taking up 30 to 600 m² (35.9 to 717.6 ) and containing eight million individuals.

An adult and juvenille white ibis (Eudocimus albus). Adults are 65 cm long with a 95 cm wingspan.They feed by probing with its long, downcurved beak. It eats various fish, frogs, other water creatures, insects and small reptiles. It is a winter,non-breeding resident.

An adventurous spirit - great thanks to Gladys and her continuining generous donations and undying support. Gladys brought 23 pounds of medical and reference books with her on this trip for the organization. Gladys also donated two large boxes of homeopathic remedies.

What type of duck is this? Sierppe River, brackish water.

Carambola Tree - I planted this as a small stick with just a few leaves. In a few years we will have delicious star fruit for all the animals (including humans) to enjoy.

A giant stag plant in our ron ron tree.

The ticos call this a "Monkey Comb". This seed pod falls from a tree and monkeys use it as a grooming tool.

Passion fruits.

Passion plant flower.

Endangered red backed squirrel monkey.

Can you see the Potoo?

This group of wood storks (Mycteria americana) was wading in the same large pond as a few pink flamingos.

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