Monitoring and inventory of orchids

Each rainy season a large number of branches and trees fall to the forest floor, orchids (which would die if left on the ground) have been collected to put them on a specific trail where they are placed on the trees. Then we wait until the orchid blooms, in order to identify them and make an inventory of the species present in the area. A total of 1,400 species of orchids are estimated for the country and 20% are endemic species. Many species are in danger of extinction due to habitat loss, illegal trade and lack of knowledge. In Osa there are more than 500 species, many endemic and/or threatened. It is necessary to carry out more research and monitoring on the Osa orchids to better understand their diversity, ecology, distribution and population status, as well as to develop and evaluate conservation strategies and actions of sustainable management.