Sustainable Development and Wild Nature Conservation in NICARAGUA
Biological Research Station
Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo
The Biological Research Station “Estación Biológica” in Laguna de Apoyo
Nature Reserve is a not-for-profit enterprise in public service. “Estación Biológica” serves as a support center for
locally organized initiatives in conservation, including community organization and skills training, and as a hostel with rooms available
to the public. It is also the site of Apoyo Spanish School, the oldest continuously operating
Spanish school in Nicaragua.
Our staff work closely
with with the community and local and central government officials to promote actions and policies which protect the wild natural
resources in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Training and actions in natural resource management, natural sciences, wild animal rescue and rehabilitation,
Spanish language and the Nicaraguan popular cultural issues are conducted for Nicaraguans and foreigners planning to work or volunteer in the region.
Through promotion of scientific research, Estación Biológica is the principal reason that Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve is the most
widely cited natural area in Nicaragua in peer-reviewed scientific research reports.
The resources of Estación Biológica are available for scientists, volunteers, and guests. We can host groups for
courses, seminars, and retreats. Individuals and groups are invited for day visits or overnight stays. Would you
like to join us? Please contact us by email,
or by telephone 011-505-8882-3992.
volunteer your time or make a small
donation to help us continue to serve the environment in Nicaragua? Please help us make Nicaragua a better place for all people and nature.
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This baby squirrel was raised by the staff after she fell from a tree as an infant. Today she has her own family in the trees above Estación Biológica.
Photo Jeffrey McCrary.
Field research is conducted on several animal and plant groups at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Photo
Spanish classes for volunteers, interns and other visitos are vital components of our educational program in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo
Bird populations are monitored in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve by the staff and volunteers of Estación Biológica
Laguna de Apoyo. Photo Joe Taylor.
The forest inside the crater in Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve contains dozens of terrestrial species, making the area an
appropriate site for wildlife studies. Photo Jeffrey McCrary.
Field identification of the reptiles of Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. Photo Kolby Kirk.
Scientists at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo study endangered fish species in the lake. Photo Topi Lehtonen.
Scientists at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo conduct surveys of wildlife, including resident and migratory birds. Photo Wendy van Kooten.
Animal rescue at Estación Biológica Laguna de Apoyo. Here, Gaia Director Jeffrey McCrary is accompanied by
a rapidly healing variegated squirrel that was severely injured by illegal poachers. Photo Anne Sutton.