Today SEE Turtles launched its effort to raise money for Friends of the Osa’s annual Sea Turtle Festival. SEE Turtles is a project of the Ocean Foundation that promotes conservation tourism by acting as a resource for travelers to connect with volunteer programs or to donate to organizations protecting sea turtles and educating communities. Through the matching fund launched today, you can donate to support FOO’s Sea Turtle Festival in 2011.
This past September, Friends of the Osa’s Second Annual Sea Turtle Festival was successful in attracting children and their families to the Osa Peninsula’s Carate Beach to learn about sea turtle species, like Olive Ridleys, Green Turtles, Hawksbills and Leatherbacks. This annual sea turtle festival has been an effective way to develop community interaction and create local understanding about the issue of sea turtle egg poaching. Through activities, presentations, and contests for children, Friends of the Osa not only spreads awareness of our work but we also take preventative action by ensuring people don’t participate in sea turtle disturbance and habitat destruction.
SEE Turtles covers administrative costs so that 100% of your donation goes towards our 2011 sea turtle festival that educates the community about sea turtle conservation. The goal of this matching fund is to raise $2,000. Because sea turtle conservation is an important aspect of FOO’s mission to protect the globally significant biodiversity of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, we encourage you to check out the SEE Turtles website to learn more about SEE Turtles and sea turtle conservation beyond the Osa Peninsula.
Remember that Friends of the Osa also operates a sea turtle conservation program that is open to volunteers from July to December every year. Volunteer to help save the Osa’s endangered sea turtles!