Bird Watching

The National Birdwatching Council of Costa Rica creates a manual:

Costa Rica’s National Birdwatching Office has published a manual of best practices for birdwatching in the country. With more than 900 species recorded on the national territory and its great biodiversity, Costa Rica is one of the most visited destinations in the world by ornithology enthusiasts.

The manual aims to standardize activities related to the practice of ornithological tourism. The document is aimed at specialized guides, tours, ecotourism establishments, birdwatchers and any person, group or institution interested in this activity. Its purpose is to promote actions that lead to sustainable enjoyment of this hobby and, at the same time, reduce possible impacts on biodiversity.

Good practices are those concrete actions that enable the conservation and responsible use of natural heritage, contribute to the socio-cultural development of rural communities and generate profitability in a sustainable manner.

Sergio Arias, director of the National Bureau of Bird Watching, explained “it’s a basic guide, it’s not set in stone, maybe in a year or two we’ll do some updates; but it establishes a series of parameters for those who work and want to develop the industry.

Those who wish to enter the business must do so by maintaining “in an orderly manner and with sustainability criteria that is the letter of introduction and the way we work in ecotourism in this country”, he said. declared.

In addition, he believes that although Costa Rica is a model and benchmark for ornithological tourism in the world, it is necessary to coordinate the different sectors and elements that make up this specialized tourist niche.

“There is no point in making efforts to promote and develop specialized birding products if we do not provide quality and international standards according to the needs of the market segment,” Arias added.

The manual is quite detailed, setting out guidelines for the use of trails, complementary feeding stations or feeders, photographic activity and the use of sound reproduction to attract birds are some of the highlights of the first two chapters of the text.

The third chapter covers recommendations on guiding, appropriate clothing, operation of birding activities, and best practices for making facilities bird-friendly, not only for the observers, but also for the birds.

As part of efforts to promote this tourism segment, the Bird Watching Bureau plans to develop verification certification for businesses adhering to the manual, update the birdwatcher directory, and include new destinations and itineraries. birdwatching in various communities across the country.