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 Drake Bay Arachnids Catalogue

We are very excited to announce that in May 2018 we will be organizing a landmark project aiming to catalogue the arachnids of Drake Bay. This kind of endeavor has never before been undertaken in Drake Bay, so it carries certain scientific importance.

Fire-bellied Orb Weaver, Eriophora fuliginea, wrapping Bioluminescent Click Beetle


We are very fortunate to count with the participation of two of the world’s foremost arachnid experts: Dr. Carlos Víquez and Dr. Darko Cotoras

As part of the Arachnids Catalogue Project we will be offering a workshop which will show participants what it is like to be an "Arachnologist for a Day".

The workshop will include presentations by Dr. Carlos Víquez and Dr. Darko Cotoras on the bilology of spiders, the natural history of some of Drake Bay's common arachnids and a taxonomy workshop designed so show participants how spiders are identified.

The workshop will be open to the public and offered in Spanish. You can read more about it by following this link

Arachnid Catalogue Workshop

In terms of conservation this catalogue is of upmost importance. Learning which creatures are here and discovering their habitats will provide guidance as to how to protect these exceptional and misunderstood creatures.

As the Senegalese conservationist Baba Dioum once said: “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught”.


Scorpion under UV Light - Centruroides bicolor


Our friends at La Paloma Lodge have kindly offered to sponsor their lodging and meals, but beyond that we are funding the project ourselves.

We are seeking contributions to cover roundtrip transportation from San José to Drake Bay for Dr. Carlos Víquez and Dr. Darko Cotoras as well as support for their services.

If you are reading this, it means you are interested and we thank you in advance for your interest in this project.




Crab Spider - Epicadus heterogaster


If If you would like to contribute you can make your donation via Pay Pal by clicking this link:


Any contribution towards this project, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated!!!


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