The Bijagual Ecological Reserve in Costa Rica protects 286 hectares (approximately 709 acres) of rain forest located in the lowlands of the Sarapiquí region. The reserve and field station, established in March 2001, are managed by a U.S. non-profit organization which emphasizes conservation, research, and education.
Our mission: The Bijagual Ecological Reserve is dedicated to rain forest conservation and serving as a hands-on classroom and an outdoor laboratory.
What we are doing
The reserve protects biodiversity within a 286-ha forest and provides a sanctuary for animals moving among the area's remaining forests. It also is a winter home to migratory birds during six months of the year. We coordinate our efforts with institutions to support conservation at the local, national and international levels.
Research and Education
The field station is available year round to scientists and students for research and courses. The staff manages the station and conducts research--providing information, logistical support, and any other assistance to visitors. Areas established for the reserve's research projects and the data are all available to researchers and courses.
Contribute to science
Do you wonder where your backyard birds spend the winter? Join them as you help with research. Monitor forest health and work with migratory and resident bird populations at the reserve. Fuel your passion for bird watching and learning while supporting conservation.
We rely on donations from individuals and foundations in order to develop and maintain our programs in conservation, research and education. If you would like to support our efforts, several options are available for you to make a contribution. We always welcome volunteers who donate their time and talents.
We are here to help
Are you looking for specific species for your research? Do you want to bring a course to the station? Please feel free to contact us with any questions, requests for an upcoming trip or any other information you may need. We are here to help you plan a successful visit.
What to expect
Prepare for your trip with information ranging from conditions to what to bring. Scientific staff can help with the various stages of planning research or a course at the reserve. During your stay, staff is available 24 hours daily to provide orientation information, guided walks, special topic lectures, field projects, or other support.
Located on the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica in the Sarapiqui region, the reserve is a 3.5-hour drive from San Jose. It lies four kilometers west of Braulio Carrillo National Park and nine kilometers southeast of La Virgen. Between the reserve and the national park is a matrix of forest patches, pastures, plantations, and agricultural areas.
Species at the reserve
Observations by scientists, students, and staff document which species are present at the reserve. The staff continually update the flora and fauna lists. If you are interested in helping catalog particular taxa, please get in touch with us. We appreciate all efforts to record the biodiversity of the reserve.