Photo by Jeffery Arguedas/EPA
Costa Rica has a long way to go
A boy watches an ill-fated pelican on contaminated beaches at Guacalillo, on the Costa Rican Pacific coast. Although Costa Rica sells itself, and is recognized worldwide, for its natural resources and environmental policies, it also has a shameful record of having one of Central America's most polluted rivers: the Tarcoles. It flows into the Pacific Ocean and is polluted with the waters of the rivers of the greater metropolitan rivers, homes to half of Costa Rica's population. Many of these people dispose of their solid waste and sewage into the water. Visiting birders need to leave their opinions, as well as their dollars, when and where they can in this special place.
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