8 Nights, Lodging, Most Meals, Research Training, In-Country Transfers, Canal Tour
The black sand beach of Tortuguero draws the largest nesting population of green turtles, Chelonia mydas, in the Atlantic Ocean. Weighing up to 500 pounds (200 kilograms) green turtles are among the largest sea turtles in the world.
STC studies have solved many of the mysteries of green turtle reproductive ecology and behavior. Long-term tagging at Tortuguero during the nesting months facilitates monitoring of the nesting population to evaluate the survival status of the species. Eco-Volunteer Participants will work with nesting turtles weighing up to 350 pounds and measuring 3 to 4 feet in length.
Nightly beach patrols
Work as part of a nesting survey team to help tag and record data about the nesting turtles. This includes measuring turtles, counting eggs, and marking nests. The presence of tagging teams on the beach also acts as a strong deterrent to illegal hunters and egg collectors.
Morning nest surveys
Walk the beach in the morning to check the status of nests marked during previous night patrols.
Assist with determination of nest survivorship and hatching success through nest inventories.
1) Submit the Online Registration Form or call STC at 352-373-6441 for initial registration, confirmation of dates, and contact number for travel information.
2) Secure your reservation with a $200 deposit as soon as possible.
Receive training in sea turtle field biology and conservation.
Days are yours to explore the local town, walk the beach or hike the forest.
Choose from three comfort levels, from shared accommodations to eco-lodge.
Includes a guided wildlife canal tour lead by a local naturalist.
Includes land and boat transport to Tortuguero, return flight to San José.
Nightly hands on field research with nesting green turtles.