Proyecto Todos Tortuguero has been operating since 2005 with a goal to protect the endangered sea turtles nesting on the shores of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The project participants conduct nightly egg rescue patrols during which it is possible to encounter adult leatherback turtles that can reach 10 feet in length and weigh up to 2,000 pounds. The group manages a hatchery (invernedero) where turtle eggs are buried a meter under the ground and the hatchlings will emerge approximately 70 days later. This is necessary to protect the eggs from poachers and low temperatures. The group also educates school children on environmental conservation. Volunteers are needed to run nightly patrols on ATV’s, help identify nesting females and monitor temperatures in the invernadero October-April. Once nests begin hatching, further supervision of the invernadero is needed from mid-December until May. The project is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2009-2010 nesting season http://www.todostortugueros.org/.
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