One month in to 2023…
Want to support TWO great causes with ONE donation?
It’s not Giving Tuesday, but you can still feed two birds with one seed. Or plant two trees with one seed. Or feed a bird AND plant a tree with just one fruit since birds are seed dispersers, which means that by eating fruits and pooping out the seeds they are critical to forests… Getting […]
Environmental education is at the core of everything we do—support our work as we wrap up 2022!
Nearly two years ago, I posted a blog with the title: “Question: ‘Is Finca Cántaros Environmental Association (FCEA) focused on birds?’ Answer: ‘Yes AND no! No AND yes!’” At the time, I was resistant to embracing birds as an official focus of FCEA, despite the many bird-focused activities we have been running since day one […]
We just “finished” up a successful III Welcome Back Migratory Birds “Festival” at Finca Cántaros!
Why did I put the words “Festival” and “finished” in quotes? First of all, it wasn’t a traditional one-day festival, but a month-long series of fun and educational -series ofspaces for community members to come together and learn about—and take positive action on behalf of—migratory birds like warblers, thrushes, and tanagers. We explored the whys […]
What is an environmentalist? Can I call myself an environmentalist?
June 5th was World Environment Day. On June 15th, Costa Rica will celebrate its National Day of the Tree. Finca Cántaros Environmental Association has designated June as the “month of the environment” on our social media platforms. These occasions inspire even deeper reflection on questions I ask myself frequently: What is an environmentalist? And […]
Theme of the Month on our Social Media: Environmental Education!
Let me describe two scenes for you, and then I want you to choose the one that you think best represents environmental education: 1. A group of children are gathered around a tree, watching a rainbow of birds alight on its branches. The adult instructor is explaining the important relationship between trees and birds to the […]
Theme of the month: migration!
In March 2020, the start of the seasonal migration of hundreds of warblers, tanagers and other Neotropical migratory songbirds was poignant and bittersweet for me. With the pandemic dramatically transforming the landscape of our lives and locking everyone down into quarantine, the birds could fly between Costa Rica and Canada, but I—like thousands of others—could […]
Finca Cántaros and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030)
We are 11 days in to this much-anticipated new year. A year that is NOT 2020. And a year that kicks off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). How does it feel so far? We could easily despair 24/7 about the direction the pandemic will take in 2021, the state of politics in the […]
2021 is upon us! And so is the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Are you looking forward to 2021? Maybe you share the dominant collective feeling about this exceptionally strange year with thousands, captured by the catchy Avenue Beat song: “f**k 2020… I am kinda done… can we just get to 2021!?!” (2020). But what do we think or hope will happen when we get to 2021? One certainty is that […]