The study results were successful in confirming that the Caribbean Northwest Wetland, where Tortuguero is located, is recognized as one of
the major ecological values on the planet. - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photos -
Published Tuesday, February 2, 2021
More than 180 bird species
registered in Tortuguero
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The counting of tropical birds at the Tortuguero National Park in Limón Province by 70 bird watchers recorded 186 species, both local and migratory.
The bird experts left no tree unmarked as they trekked through rain in the northeastern Costa Rican tropical forest. They made long journeys within the park to cover 9 routes by land and crossed rivers to perform the counting of birds. This year, experts exceeded the count of 35 species found compared to the last three years, the Institute of Tourism said in its statement.
As part of the first findings, experts identified the red-throated ant tanager (Habia fuscicauda), which until recently the species had no previous record of being in Tortuguero.
"We achieved a significant rebound compared to the counts recorded in recent years," Manuel Campbell, project coordinator said.
The study results were successful in confirming that the Caribbean Northwest Wetland, where Tortuguero is located, is recognized as one of the major ecological values on the planet, the institute said.
"Bird watching tourism represents one of the activities that is in constant development and allows travelers to live unique experiences of extensive species observation without having to travel large distances," added the institute in its statement.
According to statistics from the institute, in Costa Rica there are more than 900 registered bird species.
Tortuguero was declared a national park in 1970, and its boundaries were extended three times from 1980 to 1998. Its area has increased from 64,701.45 hectares to 76,937. Of that area, 50,284 hectares are marine territory, and 26,653 are on land. Ninety-nine percent of the land is used as protection of resources, and 1% is used for visitation facilities. The marine area is 100% designated for conservation.
The park is one of the country’s main tourist icons and internationally recognized for its protection of the largest green turtle nesting beach in the Western Hemisphere, the institute said.
Since Sept. 2020, the park passes for the Tortuguero National Park can be purchased via the website of the National System of Conservation Areas, SINAC. The price of the tickets varies between ˘500 colones to $12 per person.
A tutorial on how to buy tickets can be found on the SINAC YouTube Channel.
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