The Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, known as INBio, is marking international biodiversity day with an activity this weekend at its park in Santo Domingo de Heredia. The so-called “bio-blitz” will catalog as much of the outdoor facility’s animal and plant life as possible in a 24-hour period. With the participation of the public, the institute’s researchers will make identifications.
Certain biological classes will be covered with their respective experts in two-hour blocs during the 24-hour run. The schedule is HERE! The nighttime hours are dedicated to insects.
The Bioblitz activity starts at noon Saturday and continues overnight to noon Sunday. Entrance for adults is 3,750 colons, children up to 12 years pay 2,600, and seniors pay 3,000. Usual weekend park hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission after 3:30 p.m. has a reduced rate. The park is also open to the public Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last call at 3 p.m.
The format is similar to a recreational bird watching activity where a team attempts to see or hear as many species in a day as possible. The record 308 in Costa Rica is the second highest in the world after Perú.