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May 1, 2015

final report

The need for locals to work, especially in costal areas where there are few opportunities is urgent.

In order for us to be able to effectively train local villagers in sea turtle conservation methods, we need to invest. In their future, in the community, in materials, in our staff...

lack of funding means that we cannot even start to make this a possibility.

this project will take at loeast two months to prepare properly - and as turtle season is upon us - we have decided to deactivate this program, in the hope that in the future we can go ahead with this initiative.

 

thank you for all your support!

Feb 18, 2015

the results are in...

the hatchery filling up
the hatchery filling up

Buenavista has had a long season.

Most nesting activity on the pacific coast declines in December and January, but on our little 3km stretch of beach, the staff and volunteers are still working hard.

Unfortunately peak nesting season in Costa Rica coincides with rainy season, and the limited access across the swollen estuary makes life difficult, especially when we rely on international volunteers to help us with the sheer volume of work.

as yet not all data has been collected from the 2014 nesting season - but the best news is that thanks to Global Giving donations, we managed to purchase 4 thermometers, which get buried inside the nests alongside the incubating eggs. this may not sound like a big deal  - but this small advance means that we can monitor nest temperatures throughout the different climatic changes of the season. The gender of sea trtles is temperature determined - meaning that nests need to keep an optimum temperature in order to produce both male and femaes of the species. Anything under 23°C or over 33°C will rarely hatch. Towards the lower end of that spectrum, will produce mainly males, and the warmer temperatures will produce more females. 

This reasearch is vital for the future of our turtles.

 

So our new hatchery has had a great start, its proving to be a worthwhile investmenet in conserving our marine resources -but the work hasnt finished yet. Once the last nest has hatched, it will be time to excavate all the used  sand, and replace it with clean uncontaminated sand ready for the 2015 nesting season. All of this has been possible , in the short space of time that Global Giving has supported our project -- the turtles, and ASVO send their thanks to all our donors!

Feb 11, 2015

creating futures...society and turtles

Playa Matapalo has long been a hidden gem on the central pacific coast. Nestled between popular tourist destinations such as Quepos, Manuel Antonio National Park, Dominical, and Uvita - Playa Matapalo remains un-touched, un-spoilt and un-developed. The beach is approximately 12km long, and due to its relative purity, has over the years proven to be a semi-intensive nesting area for the olive ridley turtle. In the 2014 nesting season, we recorded 330 signs of nesting activity.

For the first time in 9 years, we had the surprise arrival of a critically endangered leatherback turtle - who nested on our beach 3 times with 12 day intervals.

Matapalo needs protectiing - as a public beach there is a huge problem with the illegal extraction of eggs. The coastguards are overwhelmed with patrolling the whole coast line, although when they do patrol Matapalo, the poaching level is zero. But its not enough. The season is short, just 5 months, so we need patrols every night in order to ensure that the largest number of nests can be rescued.

The idea for this Global Giving project is to take unemployed youths, and train them to have pride in this natural event that takes place every year. To give them opportunities to create a better life. Giving them the tools they need to get a tourism license, to be turtle guides and attract nearby tourism to come to beautiful Matapalo.

We aim to work hand in hand with local hotels, to offer packages for turtle tours - but to do this, the guides need to be accredited by the toursim institute. This means english lessons, nature exams and og course biology courses in marine resource management.

we have these skills to offer, and the locals have the enthusiasm to learn

Global giving supporters are making it all possible

we are starting the application process, to carefully select the right people who will fully take advantge of this programme. We will be holding interviews with our project staff, and visiting those who are interested in being part of our team. We can only complete this program with the help of donations, to equip and train the successful applicants to the level needed to get their license.

Please continue to support this initiative!

 
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