Welcome to Biodiversity of the Reserva Ecológica Bijagual
The Reserva Ecológica Bijagual is located on the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica 15 kilometers southwest of the town of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. The 286 hectare reserve contains many habitats including old-growth and selectively-logged forests; native and exotic tree plantations; abandoned pasture; and hydrological features including swamps, springs, streams, and rivers. Cataloging the biodiversity of the Reserve has documented around 30% of the bird species of Costa Rica, more than 70 mammal species, and about 100 species of fish, reptiles and amphibians. We estimate there are 2000 species of vascular plants in the Reserve. The purpose of this Scratchpad is to organize and present the biodiversity data from the Reserve for use by students, researchers, members of the public, and our staff.