Museo Nacional de Costa Rica
Current Research

Program for the Conservation of Aquatic Birds

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This conservation program is focused on gathering information about aquatic birds aiming to promote their conservation and spread all knowledge obtained to children, youngsters, and inhabitants of regions where this biological resource abounds. 

Until now, the action of this program has been limited to the North and Central Pacific areas of Costa Rica. There have been two recent educational activities in Manuel Antonio and Hermosa Beach communities, both of them research-related. 

Studies situated within the 2004-2005 period aim to determine the existence of pesticide traces in the eggs of some aquatic species: Sula leucogaster ( brown booby ) , Butorides virescens ( green heron ), Eudocimus albus ( white ibis ) , Sterna anaetetus ( bridled tern ) , Pelecanus occidentalis ( brown pelican ) and Fregatta magnifiscens ( magnificent frigatebird ). The results thrown by such studies will nourish the preservation of these species and their habitats. 

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Program for the National Inventory of Species 

Between 2004 and 2005, this program has followed inventories on butterflies, birds, mammals, and plants in Carara, Hermosa beach (Quepos), and Escazu mounthills.

It has not only listed out the species that inhabit these regions, but also obtained specimens for our collections. The species listings are highly potential tools to create or handle wildlife areas. 

Program for the Investigation on Vertebrae PaleontologyImage 

The Department of Natural History has increased its work on paleontology in the last two years. They are at present taking rescue actions of paleontologic material in several areas of the country. Among their findings, we can highlight a mastodon and a third glyptodont, both discovered in the Central Valley.

 

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