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The Secret Lives of Leaf-Cutting Ants in Costa Rica

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 lies underfoot.

How 6 Exotic Animals in Costa Rica Got Their Names

The Spanish or indigenous American terms for these creatures are nothing short of fascinating. Here's a glimpse at the amazing lexicon that’s been created for Costa Rica’s wide array of creatures.

Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site

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 and the formation of a "river of raptors." And thanks to a geographic bottleneck, one of the best places in the world to witness it is the Kèköldi indigenous territory on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast.

Urban flocks (Part 2): 5 more common birds of San José

In part II of the series, a look at five more birds that are common in the trees, telephone wires, rooftops, and sidewalks of San José.

It’s frog orgy season

It's rainy season, which in Costa Rica is also frog orgy season.

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

Found only in Costa Rica, the Hymenoepimecis argyra parasite wasp doesn't just kill orb spiders. It also takes over the spiders' minds and forces them to do its bidding.

The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants

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 lies underfoot.

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

Birding is the nature-lover's antidote to living in the city, because birds are everywhere. And the ones you see while sitting in traffic are no less amazing than those deep in the rain forest.

Costa Rica Wild Myths and Animal Legends

Long before hordes of tourists and biologists began flocking to Costa Rica for its amazing biodiversity, the country’s native people became the area’s first wildlife experts. Through close observation during frequent close-encounters with animals, Costa Rica’s indigenous people built up extensive mythologies surrounding the country’s wildlife. These beliefs are best preserved among Costa Rica’s Bribrí and Boruca people, who had animals featured prominently in their religion, healing ceremonies and even their dreams.

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

Building on the 115-year-old tradition of the Christmas Bird Count, Costa Rican organizations will conduct at least 13 bird counts across the country during December 2015. Learn about the history and purpose of the counts, and how to get involved – even if you're new to birding!

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