Here is a summary of the community organizations and projects Capuchins @ Taboga is involved in.
Bebedero Yo Te Protejo (English: Bebedero, I Protect You): Members of the Capuchins at Taboga team were invited to join in a workshop to brainstorm ideas to help restore the town of Bebedero (about a 20 minute drive northwest of our reserve). The workshop was put on by Taboga (sugar cane farm), the Ministry of Health, the Municipality of Cañas, SINAC/MINAE, ICE, and Aventuras Arenal (tour company with a location in Bebedero). This workshop was the first of many that will seek to restore and maintain the culture, natural environment, health, and security of the town and surrounding area. Capuchins at Taboga will be involved in this project as it grows and progresses. We hope to be able to give presentations to both kids and adults about our work, the Taboga Forest Reserve, and the importance of the natural environment in general. (January, 2020)
Field Trips: We have given presentations and led small-group activities for University Técnica Nacional (UTN) field trips that have visited the site.
Student Collaboration: To date we’ve worked closely with nine UTN ecotourism and environmental management
students. They have learned our data collection techniques and designed and implemented their own research projects.
Biological Corridor: Capuchins @ Taboga has joined Corredor Biológico Paso el Mono Aullador, a community- and SINAC-led organization aimed to monitor the health of the biological corridor in which Taboga is situated, as well as to promote local environmental initiatives and education.
SINAC: Our project further partners with SINAC (Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación, the government arm responsible for managing conservation areas within Costa Rica) in developing local education programs, participating in migratory bird counts, and collecting data on mantled howler monkey (Alouatta palliata) behavior.
Presentations: We have delivered several presentations to UTN students and administration, employees at the UTN farm, and local community members.
McLean CR. July 22nd and 23rd, 2019. Comportamiento y cognición social de los monos carablanca. Presented to two classes of biology students at the Universidad Técnica Nacional.
McLean CR, Norford A, Ordoñez JC. January 22nd, 2019. Información preliminaria sobre monos congo y sus interacciones con monos carablanca. Presented to the Comité Local of the Corredor Biológico Paso el Mono Aullador.
Fuentes A, McLean CR, Norford A, Ordoñez JC, Richardson M. January 21st, 2019. El comportamiento de monos en estudio natural en comparación con monos en cautiverio. Presented to the staff of Centro de Rescate Las Pumas.
Fuentes A, Norford A, Ordoñez JC, Weber J. August 6th, 9th, and 14th, 2018 Comportamiento y cognición social de los monos carablanca. Presented to three classes of biology students at the Universidad Técnica Nacional.
Fuentes A, Norford A, McLean CR, Ordoñez JC. July 31st, 2018. La comunicación y cognición de los capuchinos carablanca. Presented to staff and faculty of the Universidad Técnica Nacional, LARED water research laboratory, and the Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria.
McLean CR and Ordoñez JC. July 30th, 2018. La comunicación y cognición de los capuchinos carablanca. Presented to the university council of the Universidad Técnica Nacional of Costa Rica.
Benítez ME, McLean CR, Ordoñez JC. June 22nd, 2018. Comportamiento y cognición social de los monos carablanca. Presented to ecotourism students from the Universidad Técnica Nacional of Costa Rica.
Archbold J, Fuentes A, McLean CR, Ordoñez JC. March 3rd, 2018. Introducción al comportamiento y métodos de investigación de los monos carablanca. Presented to ecotourism students at the Universidad Técnica Nacional of Costa Rica.
Anderson C, Archbold J, Fuentes A, Ordoñez JC. December 12th, 2017. Capuchinos Taboga. Presented to staff of the Universidad Técnica Nacional, LARED water research laboratory, and the Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria.