Conservation the Key to Sucess
by: Sophia Davis
Ivory Billed Woodpecker: What Conservation Could Have Done
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Organic Cocoa Plantations in Costa Rica
Is It Really Bad?
They are not just Pets!
Black-Headed Trogons are one of the three types of resident Trogons in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica. They will also nest in old termite nests.
Rufous-Tailed Humming bird
Rufous-Tailed Hummingbirds are one of the most common hummingbirds in Costa Rica, which has roughly 40 species of hummingbirds. Iowa only has one, the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. The picture at the left shows a female Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird on her nest.
The Sarapiqui River runs through the Chilamate area in Costa Rica. The river is home to many species of wildlife. Don't pollute water sources! They are vital for all life. Next, time you throw trash on the ground, realize that you are poisoning your water source.
Rufous-Tailed Humming bird
(Above: Female Great Curassow) This female Great Curassow, who lives in the La Selva Biological Station, is sitting under a tree as a male Great Curassow displays for her high in the treetops. Great Curassows, Crested Guans, and other birds from the Cracidae family are being threatened with poaching. These birds are game birds, so poachers will sneak in and kill the birds for food.
Caiman are in the same family as crocodiles and alligators. However, they are a lot smaller. Caiman have not been recorded to attack humans, and they are actually preyed upon by Neotropic River Otters, who like to eat the Caiman's tail. If you look closely at the Caiman's tail, you can see that the end of it is shaped oddly. This is because, at a very young age, the Caiman's tail was severed off by a river otter.
According to local Costa Ricans, the Keel-Billed Toucan is the most beautiful toucan in the world! But, don't tell the Brazilians because they think their Toco Toucan is prettier!
What Can You Do!
Reduce! Reuse! Recycle!
You hear these words almost daily. But, we never seem to follow the rule of the three R's. The three R's at first seem irrelevant, but they actually should be something that we think of and practice everyday. Here is what you can do:
Reduce: Cut back. Reduce the amount of food you throw away and the amount of containers that you throw away.
Reuse: Use again more than once. Reuse containers. Use permanent water bottles. Use cloth rags as opposed to paper towels.
Recycle: Recycle anything recyclable: plastic water bottles, plastic containers, cardboard, paper, tin cans, glass bottles, paper towel tubes, cereal boxes (and all other boxes from food).
By following the three R's you can make the world a better place, and there will be less trash in landfills and more recyclable materials .
What's in your water?
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Ivory-billed Woodpecker (gouache on Paper), English School, (20th Century) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / The Bridgeman Art Library
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