Famous nature photographer Filip Kulisev visits Veragua Rainforest

by Shannon Farley Veragua Rainforest was honored recently with a visit by famous Slovak photographer and explorer Filip Kulisev. Kulisev has released his beautifully artistic photographs of the Veragua Rainforest, taken on a rainy day in December 2018. He vividly captures the amazing colors and textures of the rainforest vegetation taken from varied perspectives. He catches a resting Leaf Frog with its bright red eyes open. And he shows the powerful force of Veragua’s magnificent 20-meter-high (65-foot) Puma Waterfall. Kulisev...

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The fascinating Harvestmen of Costa Rica

by Shannon Farley They might look like spiders with their eight very long legs, but they are completely different animals. Harvestmen – often called daddy longlegs – are interesting arachnids that belong to the taxonomic order Opiliones, while spiders belong to the order Araneae. They are relatives of spiders, scorpions, and ticks, which are also arachnids. But while harvestmen are very similar to spiders in body shape, they are easy to tell apart once you know what to look for....

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A beetle that deserves a Happy Mother’s Day!

by Shannon Farley Our mothers are one of the most important and influential persons in our lives. We wouldn’t be here without them! In general, they spend a lot of time caring for and raising us.     In the animal kingdom, how much time mothers spend with their offspring varies radically. On the high end of the spectrum, orangutans care fulltime for their young for six to seven years and maintain contact for up to 16. While on the...

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Cruise ships bring positive benefits to Limon, Costa Rica

By Shannon Farley From mid-October to mid-April, almost every other day, there is a cruise ship docked in the Port of Limon on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. Each carrying on average from 1,800 to 3,500 passengers, cruise ships are an important industry bringing economic benefits to a historically impoverished region. Limon is the fourth largest out of seven provinces in Costa Rica in territory size, but sixth in terms of population, which is approximately 386,862 people. The provincial capital city...

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Costa Rican school kids get a helping hand from Veragua and EcoTeach

By Shannon Farley The Veragua Foundation in Costa Rica, EcoTeach Foundation and EcoTeach in the USA have joined forces once again to gift much-needed school supplies to children in the rural community of Las Brisas de Veragua de Limon in Costa Rica. Project Backpack 2019 was a huge success, reports Daniel Torres, Site Manager at Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure. On Feb. 19, 27 schoolchildren at Las Brisas School received a colorful, brand new backpack filled with notebooks, colored pencils, pens, pencils,...

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