OUR PROGRAMS

 Our work is inspired by the guiding principles of sustainability.

WHAT

Develop and implement programs that promote a unified and sustainable community.

Economy

Research

Wildlife Conservation

Education

Community Outreach

Sustainable Development and Tourism

Environment

Community

Sustainability

WHY

Inspire people to live a sustainable lifestyle to protect the future of sea turtles and other wildlife.

HOW

Promote a healthy balance of social, environmental, and economic interests.

Successful conservation is dependent on us making the change to a sustainable lifestyle, where a harmonious balance of social, environmental and economic interests exists.

Our strategy to ensure a sustainable future for the

Ostional Refuge and Nosara focuses on the following key areas:

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

  • Operate a sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation facility

  • Support the management objectives of protected areas and their buffer zones

  • Lead an participate in marine and terrestrial wildlife and habitat protection and restoration initiatives

CURRENT PROGRAMS

THOUSANDS OF TURTLES TOURS

Sustainable Tourism - Wildlife Conservation

Our goal is to minimize the impact of tourism on sea turtles and other wildlife by providing awe-inspiring educational experiences and implementing sustainable tourism practices.

We achieve this through a unique collaboration with the Refuge administration, local guides and other organizations that share our view. All revenue is reinvested in promoting sustainable practices, scientific research and conservation initiatives in the area.

NOSARA SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PLATFORM

Sustainable Tourism - Community Outreach

This initiative aims to develop a plan for sustainable tourism in Nosara, facilitating dialogue between tourism agents in the area to establish common goals for sustainable tourism. This process, lead by a facilitator who conducted a stakeholders analysis and workshop discussions, ended with the creation of a Chamber of Tourism that enables effective communication between the tourism sector of Nosara and the Refuge administration.

TORTUGUIONES: Sea Turtle Conservation Project

Education - Community Outreach - Wildlife Conservation

A community- and volunteer-based sea turtle conservation project in the Guiones Sector of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge established to protect sea turtles and their habitat within this part of the Refuge. Our goal is to develop and implement outreach and educational materials ​on sea turtle biology and conservation, bringing science to the community and engaging them as citizen scientists to collect data on sea turtle nesting activity.

NOSARA WATER QUALITY MONITORING

Research - Education - Community Outreach

This program monitors water quality in recreational marine waters using bacterial indicators. The goal is to provide water quality information to the public on a weekly basis year-round to inform safe beach going and aquatic recreation and increase awareness about water quality issues in the area. After the initial year, the program will continue long-term as a volunteer-run citizen science project.

EXPLORING SEA TURTLE BEHAVIOR UNDERWATER

Research - Wildlife Conservation

We know very little about what sea turtles do out at sea prior to and following nesting. Using underwater equipment, we can learn a lot!

We use two different methodologies to capture underwater footage and analyze behavioral patterns. First, attaching a camera to the carapace of sea turtles and second, using an underwater drone to study the behavior of olive ridley sea turtles aggregating nearshore.

This footage is extremely important to understand this behavior but it can also be used to develop and implement educational materials to raise awareness and protect the species.

 

CREATING A BIODIVERSITY MAP OF NOSARA

Research - Wildlife Conservation - Sustainable Development

This research study combines citizen science and rapid biodiversity assessments to evaluate and visualize the biodiversity in Nosara.

Our main goal is to help people in the area make better-educated decisions to minimize the impact of development by offering a freely-accessible, interactive map that visualizes wildlife, protected areas and development.

Along with our Research Team efforts, the involvement of the community plays a key role in this program and we are working with them to promote and encourage people to use iNaturalist to report wildlife sightings and continue feeding our database.

How can YOU help?

DONATE

Our work is made possible by generous donors. Donate to the cause and help us ensure a sustainable future for the Ostional Refuge.

BECOME A PARTNER

Partnering with organizations with similar goals allows us to join efforts and make a bigger difference.

About Us 

The Wildlife Conservation Association is a non-profit in Costa Rica dedicated to promoting wildlife conservation through scientific research, community engagement, and immersive educational experiences that inspire sustainable living.

(Cédula Jurídica 3-002-787658) 

Location

Refugio Nacional

de Vida Silvestre Ostional

Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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Donor Support

Steve Mack

Fondo Comunitario de Guanacaste

guanacastefund@gmail.com

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