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Work with Researchers to Protect Leatherback or Green Turtles in Tortuguero National Park Travel to Costa Rica’s Tortuguero National Park and help protect endangered sea turtles. Assist with the monitoring of endangered green turtles and leatherback turtle species, contributing to the long-term conservation of these species while you develop research skills and gain an understanding of the region’s rain forest and its ecosystem.
The majority of your time will be spent working directly in the field, collecting data for ongoing projects and learning vital research techniques. The work you do is extremely important, and days can be long and work can continue throughout the day and night. Apart from nest checks and possible nest excavations during the day, you will be conducting some night-time patrols along the tropical beach, looking for nesting turtles and counting tracks. In the event of finding a turtle during your patrol, you may assist the GVI Patrol Leader by helping to measure the turtle, count the eggs being laid, look for previous tags and distinctive markings and record the data. You may also be lucky enough to see and record the juvenile turtles emerging from the nest and record data on hatchling success, poaching rates and mortality rates. When not in the field, the rest of your time will be spent at our base, processing data and getting to know your fellow volunteers. In order to study and track these turtles in their natural habitat you will be living in a basic and remote setting. The base is a one hour boat journey from the nearest small shops, phones and internet facilities. Our base is small but comfortable, with enough space for people to relax together or in private.
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