"You are either part of the problem or part of the solution..!"

(Eldridge Cleaver)

December 09, 2013

First group of ISV and sand turtle

At one month of work and the first group of International Student Volunteers, our big supporter, has arrived.
12 australian volunteers and one of the best leaders, Manuel Ramirez " Malo", arrived full of energy and enthusiasm to work, looking forward to see a real leatherback nesting.

But before night patrols the group like all other volunteers need to received the beach and hatchery trainings so with the help of Yeudi and Denis, an amazing local artcarft maker,Florence, Adelaide and Wilberth, they built a sand leatherback.

They started working on it....It is looking great!!..
















But not ready yet...that turtle needs...

....needs it keels or ridges...



And after lots of hard work the turtle was finish and the group was ready to make the training and go on night patrolling!!
Thank you guys, you are all artists, the leatherback looks awesome!! ISV group we hope you enjoy and you see a real leatherback soon!!



November 19, 2013

20 first days for this season and it looks promising

On these 20 first days of our 2013-2014 season we have had some good nesting activity which makes us suspect that this will be a GOOD NESTING SEASON! Fingers Cross!

With 10 Pacific Green activities by 4 different females and 5 Leatherback nesting activities with 4 different nesting "georgeous" females and 5 confirm nests all at hatchery, things are looking good.!!

This year the hatchery was build following the same procedures that last year, as hatching success for 2012-2013 it was very good (52.55%). So we are aiming for more than 1000 hatchings to be released this year! Last season we had 749 hatchings

Thank you Yohan, Jaykel, Yeudi, Macdo, Pablito, Adelaide, Florence, Chris, Elies, Oliver, Kristen, and many more plus the ones to come soon, for all your efforts in our 10th season!

Here is a picture with our two International RAs, now known locally as Adi and Flo with future Leatherback Post.Doc researchers Eto and Ferchi at the Ministry of Environment Field Station.



 

October 31, 2013

Warming up for the 10th season!

We are getting ready for the season Leatherback and Pacific Green Sea Turtle Project Ostional 2013-2013. Its our 10th birthday and much information to share. AMAZING LOCAL SUPPORT and TEAM and awaiting for our International Research Assistants.!! Tonight, out first patrol to warm up.!!


October 28, 2013

Getting ready for our 10th season 2013-2014!

We arrive into Ostional today with the support again for few days of MSc. Christine Figgener. We are getting ready for a new season start 2013-2014, our 10th Leatherback and Pacific Green Sea Turtle Project Ostional . How better than with an ARRIBADA, biggest of the year so far, AMAZING.!! Thank you everyone for so many years of support, this season is in the name Jairo Mora Sandoval, always with us.!! We miss you but remember you with joy.


August 01, 2013

We are seeking Research Assistants for next season 2013-2014!

We are seeking Research Assistants for two time periods:
  • November 1st, 2013 until January 20th, 2014
  • January 15th, 2014 until March 31st, 2014 
Some of the work that RAs will have to do is: lead groups of volunteers on nightly beach patrols, collect biometric data from nesting females, relocate nests, take measurements of beach slope, oversee the operation of the hatchery and assist the field coordinator in the running of the project.

RAs  positions are voluntary and are expected to cover their own travel expenses, as well as to cover their own room and board during their stay (20US$ per day for accommodation and three meals. RAs will stay in the station of MINAE ( Ministry of Enviroment and Energy) for the duration of project. Great facility with free WiFi, great food and friendly people.

If you are interested and you want more information please contact Marta Pesquero to savetheseaturtles@gmail.com