One year ago, Jose Angel Calvo Obando died in an accident. The Area de Conservacion Guanacaste lost a dedicated ranger and environmental educator, Pitilla station lost a loyal caretaker and us working there lost a good friend.
Jose was quiet and a good observer, not only of birds and other forest animals but also of people. He thoroughly enjoyed living in the forest and considered the stations his home. He was good with horses and an excellent cook. He could be a lot of fun, too. He supported us in many situations, and field work at Pitilla would have been a lot more difficult without him.
When we go there now something is missing.
Picture credit: N. Marino
Check out these wonderful videos featuring our Costa Rican friends and colleagues explaining the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste! I can especially recommend iACG (Roger and Petrona), Parataxónomos y Parataxónomas (Cali, Petrona and Freddy in Pitilla!) and Programa de Sectores (Javier, Biporro and Nuriega).
Congratulations to Genn! After counting 29,000 and something mites over the last two years she successfully defended her Master thesis this week. She is now the new (and possible only) Master of Mites! Well done, we are so proud of you.
…it’s being decided right now, right here in Zurich! But don’t fear! Diane is part of the discussion, so we’ll be alright.
Genn is not only a great ecologist but also an amazing artist and she somehow manages to combine these talents: Check out the mighty mites!