Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Incidentals > Phase 104

Our Incidentals Project continues to track species diversity in Jalova, and serves as a competitive pastime of volunteers who to try have the highest number of species identified list! With even more migratory species arriving to escape from harsh northern winters, we have had some amazing numbers.
We recorded 4,445 individual sightings in just this 10 week phase! Those records represents 266 different species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, all inhabiting the Tortuguero National Park area. However, that number is just a fraction of the true diversity, as there are thousands more species of plants, insects, reptiles, and amphibians that we are not able to document!
The most common species observed were the Mantled Howler Monkey, Great Kiskadee, Marine Toad, and Striped Basilisk. Additionally, we had a few sightings of some very cool creatures. These included the rare Yellow Headed Caracara, elusive Resplendent Quetzal, and venomous Costa Rican Coral Snake. All of which left lasting impressions on our volunteers.
To top it off, on two separate occasions during non survey periods, a lucky few volunteers spotted a Jaguar! We couldn’t have asked for a more exciting season, but are looking forward to what we discover next year.

Species List
- Mantled Howler Monkey, Allouata palliata
- Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus
- Marine Toad, Bufo marinus
- Striped Basilisk, Basiliscus vittatus
- Yellow Headed Caracara, Milvago chimachima
- Resplendent Quetzal, Pharomachrus mocinno
- Costa Rican Coral Snake, Micrurus nigrocinctus
- Jaguar, Panthera onca