The world population of leatherback sea turtles has fallen by more than two-thirds in the last 20 years. Emerging during the Cretaceous period, these majestic and gentle animals have survived for more than 100 million years but now face extinction—within one human lifetime—and that's where Earthwatch needs your help. Imperiled by egg poaching, hunting, the lights of coastal development, and long line fishing practices, leatherbacks are also under threat from climate change and ocean pollution.
What to Expect?
One of the most important remaining nesting areas in the Pacific Ocean, the three scalloped beaches of Las Baulas National Park have won national protection thanks to the dedication of Drs. Frank Paladino and James Spotila, and countless volunteers who’ve worked tirelessly to stop poaching of turtle eggs. For more than 15 years, Earthwatch teams have supplied nesting data to conservation officials to guide turtle management and have established conservation partnerships with local groups. The local community is now invested in the success of nesting efforts, making it a model for sustainable coastal communities around the world.
- Program ID: # 1670
- duration: 1 to 2 Weeks
- location: Las Baulas National Park GuanacasteCosta Rica10° 19' 4.8" N, 85° 51' 54" WCR
- Fitness level: Moderately FitVery Fit
- Closest Airport: Tamarindo (TNO) accessible from SJO or LIR
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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