Costa Rican Bird Route – Promoting and Conserving Valuable Habitat

Costa Rica has long been known as a world class ecotourism destination and the Costa Rican Bird Route is considered the first birding trail of its kind in Central America. The bird route is another example of Costa Rica’s commitment to conserving valuable habitat for a variety of species.

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Keel-billed toucan in Costa Rica.
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Collared aracari in Costa Rica.

This project’s goal is to promote conservation of bird habitat and biological diversity within the San Juan – La Selva Biological Corridor. The route consists of 18 nature reserves in northeastern Costa Rica. Reserves include La Selva Biological Station, Tirimbina Rainforest Center, Santa Elena Reserve along with a variety of eco-lodges that have surrounding habitat. The reserves were specifically chosen because they’re home to a high diversity of species. This region also provides the last remaining habitat in Costa Rica for the endangered great green macaw (Ara ambiguus).

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Great green macaw, an endangered species, in Costa Rica.

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