From July - January, the beaches of the Osa Peninsula are home to thousands of baby turtles.
Most often at night to avoid predators, adult female turtles begin their shore-bound journey, with the hopes of laying their eggs safely below the sands surface.
However due to historical, cultural, and economic pressures, these eggs are in danger. All too frequently nests are dug up, their eggs removed and destined to be sold as a source of income. With these turtle populations dwindling, we find ourselves in a pivotal place with an immediate need for action.
We believe forming a community-based alliance is imperative to having an impact on the protection of endangered sea turtles. Because of this, our efforts focus on forming community-based alliances.
Our research and patrols began in local beaches Carate, Rio Oro and La Leona; however our collaborations now extend to further areas including one of the most important nesting beaches on the Osa Peninsula — Playa Preciosa.
With recent funding, the Osa Ecology Turtle Program began collecting data about turtle activity in the surrounding open water as well. Little is known about this phase of an adult turtle's life, and we look forward to sharing all that is learned.