Spinning to End Finning does it again

Teacher, conservationist, and cyclist Mark DiMaggio and University of California at Davis sophomore Devon Lambert have been taking action for the last few years against the slaughter of sharks by riding their road bikes across the country in multiple summer installments on an initiative they call Spinning to End Finning. 2013 marked the end of … Continue reading

Tales from an ARCAE research student

It has been an amazing adventure working with ARCAE this summer!  For a day on the job, I headed out on the 5am bus from the small town of Punta Banco, on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, right across from the tip of the Osa Peninsula, at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.  … Continue reading

Simple donation + small non-profit = big difference

The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network – ARCAE has been awarded a portable projector from the USA based biodiversity conservation non-profit Idea Wild.  ARCAE would like to take this opportunity to thank Idea Wild for this generous gift. A projector will be a crucial piece of equipment for ARCAE’s educational and scientific presentations along … Continue reading

He owns a bike—he’s saving sharks (again!)

DiMaggio and Lambert will both ride to save sharks this summer

He’s baaaaack!!  On the heals of his successful 2010 initiative to raise awareness for shark conservation during his bike ride around the Western USA, Marc DiMaggio, a school teacher from California, announced he’ll be at it again this summer, riding coast to coast this time to raise awareness and support for his Spinning to End … Continue reading

Listening to the Community’s Needs

Kids decorated signs with "no littering" messages

On March 16, 2012 the Costa Rican environmental and educational non-profit, ARCAE, hosted an educational workshop for the children of Punta Banco, a small coastal community located along Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific coast.  The event was part of the organization’s ongoing marine research and rural education initiatives in the area. The event was originally designed to … Continue reading

Working together–Improving the Oceans

Jon and Jose plug coordinates into the GPS during one of the project's marine survey boat trips in February.

ARCAE (The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network) volunteer Jon Schrank (USA) teaches Jose Cortez — a local sea turtle expert from Punta Banco, Costa Rica — how to use a GPS in order to mark the positions of marine fauna they observe during a visual census of the mouth of the Gulfo Dulce along Costa … Continue reading

The most rewarding opportunities on the planet

ARCAE’s Childrens’ Environmental Education Workshop: Punta Banco

On Friday March 16, 2012 the ARCAE association will hold an environmental education workshop at the Punta Banco elementary school for all children in grades K-6.   Activities will include a beach clean-up competition, the making and hanging of signs with environmental messages around the town, interactive presentations on local marine life, and videos about the … Continue reading