Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education

by Corcovado Foundation
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Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
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Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education
Sea Turtle Conservation & Environmental Education

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On behalf of the Corcovado Foundation, we wish you that all that is beautiful, meaningful, and joyful be yours this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.

We are so grateful for all of you, your support, and your friendship! Thanks to you, we have had a fantastic year, bringing knowledge, assistance, hope, and even gifts to people all over Osa and beyond.

Thanks to you, we have been able to:

• Implement 43 Environmental Education sessions in 8 schools and one high school, in 9 different communities, 216 children reached.

• We have worked with 5 Environmental Groups in 5 communities for 125 workshops and conservation activities implemented.

• We have delivered 180 food packages to the elderly and vulnerable families, with 20 families reached per month.

• We have planted 2,142 trees on three private farms and in the Golfo Dulce Forest Reserve.

• We have been carrying out reforestation, fauna monitoring, beach cleaning, and exchange with international students, with 18 students from the Drake school participating in the Junior Park Ranger Program with the Corcovado National Park

• We have organized forest restoration activities for more than 50 local people and volunteers.

• We support the design and consolidation of 3 integral Farms in 3 Drake communities.

• We have established a demonstrative project of bio-inputs and a vegetable garden in the Corcovado Foundation’s Biohostel in Progreso.

We organized a 4-day exchange in Sarapiquí with 14 cattle farmers and producers from Drake Bay to learn about regenerative agriculture and ranching.

• We have backed the construction process of the new high school in Drake Bay.

• We have helped organize 4 recycling collection campaigns, collected five and a half tons of recycling, and supported the Municipality of Osa and ECOINS.

• We organized one castration campaign in Progreso, where 37 dogs and cats were neutered.

• We completed a sustainable consumption plan for mussels (Anadara tuberculosa) for the Térraba Sierpe Wetland

• We have implemented a restoration process for 13 hectares of mangrove swamps in the Térraba Sierpe National Wetland and Bahía Tomas Mangrove.

We are so grateful for all of you, your support, and your friendship! Thanks to you, we have had a fantastic year, bringing knowledge, assistance, hope, and even gifts to people all over Osa Peninsula and beyond.

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En nombre de la Fundación Corcovado, le deseamos que todo lo que es hermoso, significativo y alegre sea suyo en esta temporada navideña y durante el próximo año.

¡Estamos muy agradecidos con todos ustedes, su apoyo y su amistad! Gracias a ustedes, hemos tenido un año fantástico, brindando conocimiento, asistencia, esperanza e incluso regalos a personas de todo Osa y más allá.

 Gracias a usted, este 2022, hemos podido:

• Implementar 43 jornadas de Educación Ambiental en 8 colegios y un liceo, en 9 comunidades diferentes, alcanzando 216 niños.

• Hemos trabajado con 5 Grupos Ambientalistas en 5 comunidades para 125 talleres y actividades de conservación implementadas.

• Hemos entregado 180 paquetes de alimentos a adultos mayores y familias vulnerables, con 20 familias alcanzadas por mes.

• Hemos sembrado 2.142 árboles en tres fincas privadas y en la Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce.

• Venimos realizando actividades de reforestación, monitoreo de fauna, limpieza de playas e intercambio con estudiantes internacionales, con 18 estudiantes del colegio Drake participando del Programa de Guardaparques Junior con el Parque Nacional Corcovado

• Hemos organizado actividades de restauración forestal para más de 50 personas locales y voluntarios.

• Apoyamos el diseño y consolidación de 3 Fincas integrales en 3 comunidades de Drake.

• Hemos establecido un proyecto demostrativo de bioinsumos y una huerta en el Biohostel de la Fundación Corcovado en Progreso.

Organizamos un intercambio de 4 días en Sarapiquí con 14 ganaderos y productores de Bahía Drake para aprender sobre agricultura y ganadería regenerativa.

• Hemos respaldado el proceso de construcción de la nueva preparatoria en Bahía Drake.

• Hemos ayudado a organizar 4 campañas de recolección de reciclaje, recolectamos cinco toneladas y media de reciclaje, en colaboración con la Municipalidad de Osa y ECOINS.

• Organizamos una campaña de castración en el Progreso, donde se castraron 37 perros y gatos.

• Finalizamos un plan aprovechamiento sustentable del piangua (Anadara tuberculosa) para el Humedal Térraba Sierpe

• Hemos implementado un proceso de restauración de 13 hectáreas de manglares en el Humedal Nacional Térraba Sierpe y Manglar Bahía Tomas.

¡Estamos muy agradecidos con todos ustedes, su apoyo y su amistad! Gracias a ustedes, hemos tenido un año fantástico, brindando conocimiento, asistencia, esperanza e incluso regalos a personas de toda la Península de Osa y más allá.

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Turtle disoriented trying to find place to nest
Turtle disoriented trying to find place to nest

We are rolling up our sleeves and ready to return to work. We are looking for committed volunteers who can help us protect the beach. We are looking for donations to fix the ranger's station's roof and floors so we can provide reliable shelter to park rangers and volunteers.    We are starting late, but we are full of enthusiasm!

This year has been challenging for our turtle conservation program in Punta Mala. The previous Refuge management was reluctant to have nonprofit help with the sea turtle conservation efforts, and our project was closed. Politics are affecting these decisions. It is very frustrating that given the massive need of the nesting sea turtle population on this beach, officials could put their pride and personal interest on the turtle's needs. Luckily, the direction of the conservation area switched management, and the new refuge manager is focused on protecting the sea turtles to the best of his ability. He knows that he needs help and is relying on volunteers and donors' support to complete this task.

Costa Rica is one of those countries that has been deeply affected by climate change. Unfortunately, human activities make the situation worse. Overdevelopment and deforestation make the abundant rains even harder to manage. In addition, the rivers that populate the nesting beach are overflowing, which leaves less area for sea turtles to nest. To make things worse, the rivers bring tons of trash, making finding a nesting place even harder. Biologists and volunteers walk the beach in search of nests and then  relocated them to the nursery, where they are protected until they hatch to be released to the ocean inmediatly. 

The infrastructure in the area needs fixing up. We need more hands, and we need a team of biologists to help. This rainy season has not helped us either. The roof in the ranger station collapsed in some areas, and the floor needs to be stabilized. Without proper infrastructure and more hands to help us protect the turtles, these courageous ladies who risk everything to make it to the beach, won't find adequate nesting grounds. 

We are ready to get to work, and we are grateful for being part of our team and supporting our efforts!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The nursery provides an opportunity for nests
The nursery provides an opportunity for nests
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Baby turtle

Sea turtle project situation

The sea turtle nesting site in Punta Mala Playa Hermosa is probably one of the most threatened we have ever visited. 90% of all the nests were being destroyed by poaching, overpopulation of raccoons and coatis, and increasingly severe tides. In addition, nesting grounds are disappearing as ocean levels keep rising and stormy rains overflow river mouths and change the courses of riverbeds.  

The panorama was frightening. The tides washed off eggs, and nests were dug out by raccoons and by scavengers such as vultures and crabs. Predators beheaded baby sea turtles right in the nests, and many died in their attempt to make it to the beach. So we saw the urgent need to help defend these nests at once. 

Nevertheless, as we began coordinating the project for 2022, these challenges largely centered on the administration. We had several meetings on the project concerning the relationship with the park rangers, the repairs needed in the station, and several other requests from the administration; we had agreed to everything we could, as we knew the importance of protecting this nesting population. But unfortunately, the administration's attitude became hostile and inflexible. 

Later, we received an e-mail from the administrator saying he would find somebody else to help with the sea turtle conservation program. We were very sad about this decision, but we were grateful that another organization would protect the turtles. Unfortunately, this stopped our work for the season. 

Later the administrator of the reserve was removed, and the authorities asked us to return to the area. We are still in the process of negotiating to work in the area for 2023. We held a very positive meeting on July 26th to see how the project's next steps could unfold. They want us back as soon as possible. 

We are limited because we don't have any volunteers lined up or haven't recruited a coordinator. But we do everything in our power to get started as soon as possible. 

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Ninos en educacion ambiental 2

 

We have been busy, all of this thanks to you.  You have made our efforts possible by donating to our program. 

 

 Environmental education and ecosystem restoration.

Our environmental education program has been busy; we have had 25 school sessions in 9 schools, including 265 children from all these schools.

Also, our environmental education groups have been meeting weekly for a total o 73 sessions distributed among five communities. 60 highly motivated children have been meeting weekly and have been learning how to become

In our regenerative agriculture program, we are working with 19 families selected for their commitment and interest. The workshops include bio-inputs, agroecological pest prevention and control, comprehensive farms, nurseries, product processing, healthy eating, internship, and Drake agroecological products fair.

We have held two workshops: a meeting, socialization, and exchange of seeds, as well as a workshop on prevention and agroecological control of pests.

Regarding our reforestation efforts, we have planted 624 trees during five field days. We plan to produce at least 1000 more before the end of the year.

Since the pandemic began, the Corcovado Foundation staff and volunteers have delivered food 26 times for 1,127 packages. The gratitude and relief the families express every time our team shows up is a massive reward for us. 

During these six months, we also held a castration campaign for 37 dogs and cats in the community of Progreso.

Our team has supported the ECOINS campaign to help the community collect recyclable materials and exchange them for goods. Also, our local liaison has worked hard to approve the High School building blueprints and permits. This is a considerable effort since the Ministry of Education has a huge bureaucracy.

Since the beginning of the year, we have had 22 volunteers who have helped families with regenerative agriculture, planted trees, delivered food packages, and learned lots about conservation efforts.

Thank you for make all this possible. 

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Thanks to you!
Thanks to you!

Dear Friends of the Corcovado Foundation,

It breaks my heart to write this letter, but due to circumstances beyond our control, we won’t be able to continue our sea turtle protection project in the Punta Mala --Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge. 

This wildlife refuge is a government-run protected area. When we first arrived there, 90% of all the nests were being destroyed by poaching, overpopulation of raccoons and coatis, and increasingly severe tides. 

We saw the urgent need to immediately help protect these nests. Amid the pandemic in 2020, we started working with the help of Costa Rican volunteers. We recruited many local people who helped us protect the sea turtles against all the threats mentioned above. Most had lost their jobs but nonetheless, embraced the project with love and enthusiasm. It was not easy, so we redirected any funding we could find to feed the volunteers, buy materials, and pay for the biologists. We believed it was essential work. And we still believe that today.

Last year, international volunteers began returning to the Osa and the project had more resources to work with. Our team was doing a great job, and volunteers were leaving happy and inspired. We also had a new administrator at the Wildlife Refuge. Over a relatively short time, we began to face unexpected challenges.

As we began coordinating the project for 2022, these challenges largely centered on the administration. We had several meetings on the project concerning the relationship with the park rangers, the repairs needed in the station, and several other requests from the administration, we had agreed to everything we could, as we knew the importance of protecting this nesting population. Unfortunately, the tone of the administration became aggressive, rude, and uncompromising. We made it clear that if we were no longer welcome or needed, we would withdraw, as we were no longer willing to expose our volunteers and team to an increasingly hostile environment.

Today, I received an e-mail from the administrator saying that he would be finding somebody else to help with the sea turtle conservation program. This broke my heart and the hearts of all our team members, especially those who had been working so hard on the turtle program. But we respect the decision. 

We are now informing local volunteers and volunteering organizations with the hope that they can be reassigned to other projects.  We are also actively investigating viable options with similar projects for volunteers to join. Additionally, we have donations collected from GlobalGiving, as well as materials, and equipment that we will donate to support other sea turtle projects.

Doing the good work to protect sea turtles on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts is central to the foundation’s purpose of protecting and restoring biodiversity on the Osa Peninsula and elsewhere in Costa Rica. We will continue to expand our programs, offer productive and positive work environments for our volunteers, and together, protect this most vulnerable group of Costa Rican citizens... sea turtle hatchlings.

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