5 Nights at STC’s Research Station (Lodging & Meals) and Research Training. Meet in Bocas del Toro.
The black sand beach of Soropta draws one of the largest nesting population of leatherback sea turtles in the Atlantic Ocean. Weighing up to 1,000 pounds, leatherback turtles are the largest sea turtles in the world.
STC studies have solved many of the mysteries of leatherback turtle reproductive ecology and behavior. Monitoring and tagging at Soropta 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 1,000 pounds and measuring 5 to 6 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 hunting and egg collectors.
Morning nest surveys
Walk the beach in the morning to check the status of marked nests and count leatherback tracks and nests from the previous night.
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 relax, explore the area, and talk with biologists.
Experience very rustic, but comfortable, shared housing.
At the station, enjoy authentic Caribbean Panamanian dishes
Includes land and boat transport to Tortuguero, return flight to San José.
Nightly hands on field research with nesting leatherback turtles.