Saving Sea Turtles

Why Sea Turtles?

Who isn’t fascinated and inspired by sea turtles? From the impossibly cute hatchlings rushing toward the shore, to the decades-old giants who’ve learned to navigate the open sea, the lives of these impressive animals leaves us in wonder and awe.

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There are seven species of sea turtles in the world and all of them are considered threatened or endangered due to poaching, predation, habitat destruction, and in-water threats, such as fishing, boating, pollution, and marine debris. Join us in monitoring and conserving the Osa Peninsula’s four sea turtles species –Olive Ridley, Green, Leatherback and Hawksbill – so that they may endure for many more generations to come.

 

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How You Can Help

As a volunteer with our Sea Turtle Conservation Program,  you will help study and protect these ancient and magnificent creatures. Here’s a snapshot:

Nesting season (June-November):

  • Tag turtles and take biometric data during nightly patrols
  • Help run the sea turtle hatchery (move at-risk nests to the hatchery and release hatchlings)

Non-nesting season (November-May):

  • Perform morning patrols to enforce a presence on the beach
  • Gather information on straggler turtles that come to shore
  • Perform beach cleanups
  • Help take down, move, and re-construct the sea turtle hatchery

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What You’ll Learn

  • How to identify sea turtle species based on their anatomy
  • How to tag them, take their biometrics and triangulate their nests

Contact volunteer@osaconservation.org for more information.

Download the Sea Turtle Volunteer Guide


 

We offer a long-term position to a limited number of qualified applicants. Click below to learn more:

Apply to be a Research Field Assistant


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