A combination of habitat loss and human impact have affected Belize’s endangered manatee population as well as other marine species and ecosystems that call Belize waters home. Volunteer with a manatee conservation group working to gather statistics and data to continue to keep boats away from the reserves and prevent oil development in Belize to protect these vulnerable creatures.
To achieve our purpose, head out by boat with a marine biologist to collect data on currents, size and populations of manatees, location, and overall health of the reserve, which will be used to better protect these aquatic mammals. This information is crucial for the marine biologists and the NGO you’ll work with who rely on Discover Corps travelers to be able to better track these gentle creatures and gather this crucial data.
(Volunteer Time = 12 hours, or 3 half-days)