The Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s tropical Pacific coast is one of the most breathtaking parts of the country. Home to sea turtles, ocelots, monkeys and many other animals, the region boasts an eclectic mix of wildlife alongside some of the country’s most stunning natural landscapes.
Unfortunately, Costa Rica’s sea turtle population has declined by a devastating 90 percent over the past 35 years due to a host of factors, including climate change, increased boat traffic, predators on the beaches, and growth in the amounts of trash clogging up their habitats. To achieve our purpose, dig up hatched nests to determine hatching success rates, and depending on the time of year, either look for nesting females and collect eggs and move them to the hatchery, or release hatchlings into the ocean. Discover Corps traveler participation plays a part in a larger satellite tracking project for a variety of sea turtles across Costa Rica, which you can learn more about here.
(Volunteer Time = 12 hours, or 4 night patrols)