100% of the eggs laid by these creatures along the beach would be taken by poachers.
Volunteers are needed to patrol the beaches at night when the turtles are active, searching for recent nests or turtles that have come ashore to lay their eggs. The eggs are then relocated to a hatchery where they are protected by the organization until the eggs hatch and the baby turtles can be returned safely to the ocean. This project is only accessible by boat through the beautiful Tortuguero canals, offering volunteers a unique experience where they are fully immersed in nature.
Volunteers assist with in-water research that is conducted by the research team to assess the threats that sea turtles are exposed to in the area. Turtles are carefully captured and tagged, and samples collected before the turtles are released once again into the ocean. Their facility also houses a Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre where sick and injured turtles are cared for and eventually returned to the wild.
- Hands on work with leatherback turtles!
- Turtle releases during hatching season.
- Live at the site for easy commute from bed to turtles in no time! :)
- All you can drink coffee, tea and fresh fruit juices... and enough hammocks for all the volunteers!
- Live in rustic accomodation on the wild Caribbean coast of Costa Rica.
This organization is composed of an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators. These people are committed to the recovery and sustainable management of sea turtle populations that are dangerously low in number. The project on the Nesting Beaches has been very successful and hundreds of turtle hatchlings are released each year. This is an important accomplishment considering 100% of the eggs would be poached without these efforts. There are many factors to address with respect to turtle conservation, including cultural and economic considerations. The project engages the local community and actually employs ex-poachers to assist with the conservation work. Through their educational efforts and Nesting Beach project this organization has been able to make a significant difference in the region. Your participation ensures that their hard work can continue and that sea turtle hatchlings will safely reach the ocean this season.