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Fiona's a Costa Rican wildlife expert of 30 years, offering an authoritative experience like no other. 

Not content with a day visit? Perhaps you'd like to join Fiona and other international experts on one of the themed 'bioblitz' tours below. Still looking for something a little different? Don't hesitate at all to contact us to organise something a little more bespoke, from night walks to a themed tour of your own.

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  • BAT BIOBLITZ 1

    14 - 21 DECEMBER 2019

    This blitz is in support of Nils Bouillard's Big Bat Year (trying to see as many bat species as possible in 2019). This is a great opportunity to learn from a number of biologists in a pristine setting. We will spend most nights catching bats in different parts of the property. During the day we will look for bat roosts, bat tents, and other flora and fauna. Free time for swimming is allowed too!  This blitz includes visits to a sea cave for bats, a mangrove tour and a treehouse property with several known bat roosts. Trip starts and ends in Golfito.


    Leaders: Dr Loren Ammerman (author of Bats of Texas); Dr Robert Dowler, mammalogist; and Dr Michael Dixon, herpetologist. Co-led and organized by Fiona Reid.

    The Bat workshop was a huge success: despite an unusual amount of rainfall we recorded 37 species of bats on Sylvan property, including several rare and poorly known ones. Some comments

    Nils: Of all 52 weeks of my Big Bat Year, this was definitely one of the best, if not the best.

    CM: The bioblitz was fantastic and a really great experience. It was amazing to be able to learn from you and to explore Sylvan and other areas of Costa Rica.

  • NATURE BIOBLITZ 1

    7 - 14 JANUARY 2020

    In order to document as many species as possible, biologists from different fields will be on-site for a week studying the fauna.  This is a great opportunity to learn about different aspects of tropical biology in a pristine setting. We will explore different parts of the property with each expert as they uncover species previously unknown at Sylvan.  Early birding, night walks, small mammal trapping, and more are on the agenda, with time to visit the waterfalls and swim in river pools. Day trips to Las Cruces for highland birds, Sierpe for a mangrove tour, and a visit to a treehouse community round out the week. Trip starts and ends in Golfito. 


    Leaders: Twan Leenders, leading herpetologist of Costa Rica, Sean Graesser, nature photographer and ornithologist. Co-led and organized by Fiona Reid.  
     

    This workshop focused on herps and we saw 50 species - including 6 species of glass frogs! 

    Brian: Fiona’s property at Sylvan is ideal for viewing a wide diversity of tropical plants and animals. Her knowledge of the species there is incredible. Fiona goes out of her way to show her clients the wide diversity of wildlife and will accommodate your specific interests and must-see species. She also took us offsite to various locations to observe different habitats and other local biodiversity hotspots.

  • BAT BIOBLITZ 2

    12 - 19 FEBRUARY 2020

    An intensely bat-focused blitz. Do not expect to sleep much this week. We will spend our nights catching bats in different parts of the property.  Option to take hammocks to a distant ridge and spend the night in the forest in hopes of rare species.  By day we will look for bat roosts, bat tents, and other flora and fauna. Free time for swimming is allowed too!  This blitz includes visits to a sea cave for bats, a mangrove tour and a treehouse property with several known bat roosts. Trip starts and ends in Golfito. 
     

    Leaders: Daniel Hargreaves, British bat conservationist, photographer and the reason  we will not get any sleep; Melissa Donnelly, expert in bats from Cuba to Sulawesi and the other reason we will not get any sleep.  Co-led and organized by Fiona Reid, who has staked out bat roosts and activity hotspots in anticipation of this trip. 
     

    We had an amazing workshop, adding to our list of bats to a grand total of 50 species - approximately half of all the species in Costa Rica! 

    Kathy: it is a wonderful vacation paradise, and seeing so many bat species was thrilling!

  • NATURE BIOBLITZ 2

    20 - 27 FEBRUARY 2020

    In order to document as many species as possible, biologists from different fields will be on-site for a week studying the fauna.  This is a great opportunity to learn about different aspects of tropical biology in a pristine setting. We will explore different parts of the property with each expert as they uncover species previously unknown at Sylvan.  Early birding, night walks, bat and moth studies, and more are on the agenda, with time to visit the waterfalls and swim in clear river pools. Day trips to Las Cruces for highland birds, Sierpe for a mangrove tour, and a visit to a treehouse community round out the week. Trip starts and ends in Golfito. 


    Leaders: Rich Hoyer, professional birding guide for Wings. Rich has a very broad base of knowledge and will tackle birds, dragonflies, moths and more; Tracie Stice and Gianfranco Gomez, terrific all-round naturalists, arachnid experts,  and leaders of the legendary Night Tour in Drake Bay. Co-led and organized by Fiona Reid who will show the group interesting plants and animals she has found at Sylvan.


    This was the most diverse of all the bioblitzes in that we studied insects, birds, herps, mammals - everything! The leaders posted a ton of pictures on iNaturalist which is so helpful. 

    Tom F: Thanks to Rich, Tracie, and Gian for so much knowledge, and also thanks to a fine group of naturalists. And thank you, Fiona: what a wonderful place, and area, you've situated in!