Tuesday, February 28, 2012

La Selva Biological Research Station

We departed La Savegre and drove 3 hours North, passing through San Jose and Las Horquetas en route to reach the Central Cordillera National Park.  La Selva is located 3 km south of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui.

Located in the Caribbean lowlands and bracketed by the Sarapiquí and Puerto Viejo Rivers, La Selva is covered with what is technically known as tropical pre-montane wet forest and more commonly referred to as rainforest.  There is no better place in Costa Rica to learn about this ever more endangered ecosystem.  Dr. Leslie Holdridge established La Selva as a study site on mixed plantations for the improvement of natural resources management in 1954.  Since its purchase in 1968 by the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), it’s been declared a private Biological Reserve and grown into one of the premier sites in the world for research on tropical rain forest.

Here and within the Research Station you have to get and pay for guides to show you around the location within the National Park. They offer both early-morning and night walks, allowing visitors the opportunity to observe the day time and nocturnal wildlife environments and creatures.

 Passerini's Tanager male © John N Murphy
 Passerini's Tanager female © John N Murphy
Tree-wattled Bellbird©  John N Murphy
Sun Bittern © John N Murphy
 Flame-colored Tanager male © John N Murphy
Pale-billed Woodpecker © John N Murphy
Double-toothed Kite © John N Murphy

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