Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bird sighting in Costa Rica

This photo, provided by family members, shows Christine Williamson, far right, and other bird chasers on a trip into Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains on Aug. 7, 2005. Christine, who lives in Chicago, is one of countless baby boomers who share an expensive passion and have the wherewithal for travel to other countries to better their 'world list' of information on bird sightings. (AP Photo/Geoffrey A. Williamson)

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Humming along in Costa Rica

A Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird (Campylopterus Hemileucurus) hovers while drinking from a flower at La Selva biological station in Sarapiqui, 80 miles (129 km) north of San Jose, Costa Rica in this picture taken January 13, 2006. REUTERS/JUAN CARLOS ULATE

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Parrita mule festival

Many years ago a few farmers from Parrita began with the practice of mule races nearby Esterillos Beach in the Mid Pacific. The hobby that started out as way of having fun has become one of Parrita’s most popular traditions.

The AsociaciĆ³n para el Bienestar ParriteƱo (ASOBIPA) [Parrita’s Welfare Association], has devoted itself to consolidating this tradition, reinforcing the festival with the two-horse races and tractor rally. It is expected to have one of the most colorful festivals taking place within the last years carried out in 2006, hoping to receive national and international tourists so they can get to know one of the funniest races carried out in Costa Rica.

Activities will begin on January 19 and end on January 29 with the awaited Mule Race. In addition everyday there will be: livestock and agricultural machinery show, craft sale, ‘corridas de toros’, typical food, karaoke, dances, and the atmosphere of the “ La Mulita Alegre” bar.

For further information, telephone: 779-8245 or e-mail:

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Picture of the day

A frog is silhouetted on a leaf at La Selva biological station in Sarapiqui, Costa Rica January 12, 2006. Exotic frogs and toads are dying out in the jungles of Latin America, apparent victims of global warming in what might be a harbinger of one of the worst waves of extinction since the dinosaurs. (Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters)

Friday, January 13, 2006

Picture of the day

A Blue Jeans Dart Frog (Dendrobates pumilio) rests at La Selva biological station in Sarapiqui, 80 miles (129 km) north of San Jose, Costa Rica in this picture taken January 12, 2006. The Selva is one of the world's most important sites for tropical ecosystem research. La Selva has about 73% of its area under primary tropical rain forest. Each year, more than 250 scientists from some 25 countries and international students come to La Selva to study tropical ecology. Species diversity include more than, 330 species of trees, and 43 species of birds. Picture taken January 12. REUTERS/Juan Carlos Ulate