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Only in Costa Rica: the zombie wasp that gives alien spiders nightmares
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Only in Costa Rica: the zombie wasp that gives alien spiders nightmares

Lindsay Fendt - February 7, 2018

Despite being completely non-threatening to humans, the golden orb weaver spider (Plesiometa argyra) has acid-yellow spots and pincer-like legs, and is as broad as a human fist. In…

The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants
Into the Wild
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Into the Wild
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The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants

Lindsay Fendt - January 25, 2018

When looking for wildlife in Costa Rica, it’s easy to become fixated on the unusual mammals and vibrant birds, but one of the country’s most complex creatures…

Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José

Robin Kazmier - January 8, 2018

Despite the best efforts of many a telescope-wielding nature guide, I fell in love with birds while sitting at my desk in San José, editing a field…

Costa Rica Wild Myths and Animal Legends
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Costa Rica Wild Myths and Animal Legends

Lindsay Fendt - January 4, 2018

Long before hordes of tourists and biologists began flocking to Costa Rica for its amazing biodiversity, the country’s native peoples were the area’s first wildlife experts. Through close…

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen

Lindsay Fendt - December 9, 2017

The jungle can be a scary place, and even for some of the fiercest of Costa Rica’s creatures, sometimes the best defense is just to hide. Fortunately,…

Grab your binoculars: It’s Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica!
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Grab your binoculars: It’s Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica!

The Tico Times - December 1, 2015

Prior to the 20th century, many North Americans participated in a Christmas Day tradition known as a Side Hunt, in which they ventured into the countryside in teams, or…

Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site
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Environment and Wildlife
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Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site

The Tico Times - November 2, 2015

Heads up! One of the most spectacular wildlife displays on the planet is happening in the skies over Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast right now: fall raptor migration.…

Birds of Costa Rica (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José
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Environment and Wildlife
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Birds of Costa Rica (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José

The Tico Times - September 14, 2015

We continue this month with a look at five more birds that are common in the trees, telephone wires, rooftops, and sidewalks of San José: (Courtesy of Jorge…

Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José

Robin Kazmier - August 17, 2015

The Tico Times is pleased to welcome Robin Kazmier, the general manager of our Publications Group, into an additional role: at the helm of  "Into the Wild,"…

It’s frog orgy season
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Environment and Wildlife
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It’s frog orgy season

The Tico Times - June 6, 2015

The rainy season is upon us. For many of us that means hiding indoors for the next few months, but for Costa Rica’s frog and toad populations this means it's…