Turtle Season In Costa Rica - Why Now Is A Vital Time To Volunteer

Turtle Season In Costa Rica - Why Now Is A Vital Time To Volunteer

Posted by Leanne Sturrock on Jul 3, 2017

In light of our latest offer (in which you can find the Costa Rica Turtle Conservation Experience with 10% off until the end of July), we have put together a little blog to shed light on what really is a vital time of year.

By the end of this month, turtle season in Costa Rica will have begun. In case any of you are unaware of what turtle season entails, this is the time where turtles come to the beach to lay their eggs and, a few months later down the line, the young ones begin to hatch. This sounds like a beautiful and moving time – and make no mistake, it really is! - but above all else, turtle season can be a treacherous time.

Human involvement can sometimes be a positive thing (see the incredible conservation achievements made by our very own volunteers over the past year), but the fact of the matter is, our intervention is often only required in response to other cruel activities. Turtles often fall victim to poaching – eggs are stolen and eaten, and some young turtles end up caught in the pet trade. Even outside of these overtly ugly activities, we as a species have caused great harm to nature (take, for example, the bright lights drawing new-born turtles away from the sea, and towards the dangers of the city.) Nature is not always beautiful, but when harm is a direct detriment caused by humans, we need to step in and help.

Turtle hatchlings

This is where volunteering comes in. By taking part on a conservation project, you will be aiding the survival of species such as the endangered Olive Ridley turtle, taking part in night patrols to shelter them from poachers and other such threats as they make their way from the ocean to the land (and vice versa.) You'll also take the time to help out during beach cleanups, playing yet another part in the protection of these incredible animals – as well as contributing to a healthier planet overall. In addition to this, the education of local schoolchildren is tantamount in its level of importance, as volunteers are able to leave a positive impression on the youngsters, instilling a greater respect for the environment into these young minds.

In short: now is absolutely the time to get involved in turtle conservation; one, for the benefit of the wildlife in this beautiful part of the world, and two, for the fact that this offer runs for a limited time only! If you've wanted to make a difference to the lives of turtles for some time but haven't yet had the chance, take advantage of this amazing offer, and book your place today!

To read more about the wonders of turtle season, click here - our resident flight expert, Matt, is also a dab-hand when it comes to travel blogging and has written a fascinating piece on the topic!


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