Kayaks of the Coast: Mangrove Exploration
Explore the tropical mangroves of Costa Rica by kayak and learn aboout these precious ecosystems.
Every year the lush tropical beaches which line the Osa Peninsula in western Costa Rica host the nesting grounds of several different endangered turtle species.
This project works to protect the critically endangered Hawksbill and Leatherback turtles and the endangered Green and Olive Ridley turtles. These turtles and their eggs are threatened by poachers, stray dogs and extreme weather all of which can destroy nests and cause harm to the vulnerable female turtles as they lay their eggs.
The turtle conservation project tasks are hugely varied and many activities will depend on the time of year. During the nesting season, groups will get involved with beach patrols. When nests are discovered groups assist with data collection and nest relocation if necessary. Other activities involve construction and maintenance of the facilities, working on community outreach and education to raise awareness of the issues facing turtles, and assisting with the release of hatchlings.