Richard Detrich's Weblog
Online Newspaper Listings onlinenewspoers.com abyznewslinks.com
Sept/Oct 2006 Turtle refuge article - Marcial turtle release article
November 2006 Afternoon at Playa La Barquete
June 2007 investigation of ecological damage (sp) - translated
April 2008 Las Olas article with recent photos
May 2008 drainage ditch and local politics article
October 2008 Two Americans kidnapped or were they? Probably not...
December 2008 drowning article with followup comment
Playa de la Barqueta Agricola Wildlife Refuge
The Playa de la Barqueta Agricola Wildlife Refuge is located in Chiriqui Province, about 25 minutes from the city of David. Is consists of 14,700 acres of mangroves, beaches and wetlands. This refuge protects important nesting sites for several species of sea turtles.
In this refuge you can find mammals such as squirrel monkeys, cariblanco monkeys, nocturnal monkeys, ocelot, tapir otters, weasels, and raccoons. Birds found in this area include the boat-billed heron, the great egret, snowy egret, and the silver duck. Mulata turtles, green turtles and several other species of sea turtle are found here, as are lizards and boa constrictors.