Damas Mangrove, Quepos
Plants growning near the ocean often have seeds that float to other beaches before sprouting. These plants are salt tolerant, able to grow in the sun and sand, and can endure high winds. Some, such as the mangroves, can cope wit both unstable soils and having there roots inundated by brackish water.
Mangrove forest, or manglares as they are known in Costa Rica, are zones where tides create changing water levels and river water mixes with the ocean’s salt water. All mangroves are woody plants that tolerate high internal concentrations of salt, a consequence of frequent inmersión in high salinity tropical seas. Although mangrove tree species belong to several different families, they are usually studied as a group because of their shared habitat and way of life.
Mangrove are considered fundamental ecosystems for the sustainability and development of communities, multiple benefits like the social, environmental and economic depend on them.
More than 307 thousand hectares of wetlands are well protected in Costa Rica, including Damas mangrove which extends 3500 hectares between Quepos and Parrita creating a biological corredor along the coast, this is a roosting and feeding area for big number of birds, resident and migratory from North – South America. Sandpipers, Plovers, Terns, Seagulls, Herons, Ospreys, Spoonbills and plenty other species coexist year round and during migration time in this productive ecosystem.
Mangrove ecosystems exhibit high productivity. Red mangroves can produce 8 grams of dry organic matter per square meter per day, a rate of carbon fixation consederabily higher than most other marine or terrestrial communities.
Fresh and salt water fish uses it as a nursery area, American Crocodiles, White-faced Capuchins, Boa Snakes, Anteaters, Night Herons and Boat billed Herons co exist in this amazing biological community.
- Comfortable clothing, water shoes, sandals – flip flops, had, sunblock.
- PROHIBITED feeding wildlife, including Capuchin Monkeys.