WCA Newsletter (April 2022)

Dear Wildlife Conservation Community,


It's been a busy past few months for us, finally returning to in-person events and jump-starting projects we've been planning over the past two years. We're excited to share some updates with you on everything we've got going on.


Thank you for supporting our work!


 

Program Updates

Water Quality

In January, we upgraded the water quality lab with new equipment and supplies to carry out weekly testing for both fecal coliform and enterococcus bacteria this year. We hosted Kelly Harris from Ridge to Reefs in February to work on a design, budget, and plan for the installation of biogardens to improve septic drain fields in Nosara. Unfortunately, we determined the site where we had planned to install our first system was not appropriate, so we conducted site visits to identify other potential locations. We are now collaborating on a grant to fund several years of training and installations of these systems in the area. Learn more about this program and get the latest results on Swim Guide and Instagram Stories.

Biodiversity

Our project page continues to grow and now has over 6,000 observations of over 1,300 different species! We've just received 10 camera traps that will be installed around Nosara this month in collaboration with the Ostional Refuge, Del Mar Academy, Nosara Civic Association, and Harmony Hotel. We are already speaking with more landowners interested in installing their own camera traps and have developed a social media campaign to promote sustainable living in the area. Learn more about this program and get access to our local species ID and Ocean-Friendly Guides.


Sea Turtles & Marinelife

We successfully installed the marine buoy to monitor temperature and other oceanographic variables in January. Unfortunately, we collected just two weeks of data before the line was cut and the buoy stopped transmitting. Thankfully, we've recovered the buoy from a local fisherman and are waiting for the parts to repair it. Before re-installation, we will establish more lines of communication with local fishing communities and host workshops to empower them to help us maintain the buoy so it can benefit us all. The persistent harmful algal blooms (or red tides) over the past few months have kept us out of the water, but we hope to conduct a few marine surveys before the rainy season renders the waters too murky!

 

Learn about the marine buoy we installed!




Your Support Can Take Us Even Further!


We are excited to return to full-operation after a successful fundraising season. The past two years have shown us just how far every penny goes and we want to continue expanding our impact.

Our work is made possible by your generous contributions!



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