Non-profit organization, Osa Ecology, is pioneering the use of citizen science with their new app that allows tourists, guides, and locals to record animal sightings on the Osa Peninsula. The app creates a collaborative effort among local scientists, community members, and visiting tourists to change how conservation research is done. Most visitors to the Osa Peninsula are enthusiastic nature lovers, and now everyone can be involved in the effort to record the abundance of species of this area!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This mobile application is targeted for anyone and everyone — it is free, easy to use, and available to anyone with an Android smart phone.
Upon sighting an animal, users can record GPS locations, upload photos, and share this information with others on the app in two ways:
1. Open the application and make the sighting. 2. Take a photo with a camera, which will have the option to send the information to Osa Ecology to record your sighting.
We created a pre-populated list of key species and their descriptions to help you identify wildlife you're seeing. As users upload new sightings, we'll continually be adding more to this list. You can also keep track of all the Sightings you've made by creating a login on the app — we can't wait to see what you see!
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DOWNLOAD THE OSA ECOLOGY APP AND SHARE YOUR SIGHTING
Collecting data in the field has traditionally been a slow and expensive process ... until now. With the Osa Ecology app, you can get involved and contribute to our efforts by uploading images and information of what you see in ACOSA region of Costa Rica!
TOGETHER, WE CAN WORK TO GENERATE THE DATA WE NEED TO BETTER PROTECT THE ACOSA AREA.
"Our mission is to help preserve the wildlife of Costa Rica. By you sharing quantifiable, qualitative, and scalable data on key species, we can use this information to back legislative changes and conservation initiatives." - Osa Ecology