Saving Sea Turtles

Why Sea Turtles?

206617_10150188203591998_6727840_nWho 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.

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.

How You Can Help

As a volunteer, you’ll help us 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

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


 

Other volunteer projects:

Restoring Osa’s Forests

Tracking Big Cats & Their Prey

Building a Sustainable Food System