Turtle Nest Defense
Defending the Next Generation
The proactive monitoring of sea turtle nests is key to restoring this endangered species to healthy population levels.
This project has three objectives: to guarantee the successful hatching of all documented nests, provide an alternative livelihood for poachers and generate a general consensus on the island of Guanaja regarding need to protect sea turtles.
Via hands-on learning we hope to inspire youth volunteers to pursue careers in conservation and science.
Since the beginning of the project in 2017, we have observed primarily Hawksbill turtles, the second most endangered sea turtle species in the Caribbean.
The project spans five months and includes the participation of islanders, members of the Green Island Challenge, local government, the Navy, researchers and student volunteers.
We are happy to say that in the past two years no turtle nests have been poached thanks to our patrols.