A New Community Mural Captures Life in Juluchuca

Editor’s Note:  Our community is celebrating a new mural in Juluchuca, thanks in large part to the initiative of Season 10 fall farm intern, Margot Mattson. Many previous volunteers have talked about doing a community mural, but this is the first time it’s actually been done – and it’s a huge success!  Here, in her…

The Leader Behind La Tortuga Viva

The Best Conservationists Are Often Former Hunters Hector Maldonado is known throughout his hometown of Juluchuca as a man who loves turtles. That was not always the case, as he was once jailed for poaching turtle eggs. These days, he spends his time protecting them instead. Hector serves as President of La Tortuga Viva, where…

A beginner’s guide to community-based conservation

Written by Lissett Medrano I really wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I decided to quit my job of 5 years and move to a small rural community in Guerrero, Mexico to work with sea turtles, especially since I had never “worked with turtles” before. But after spending 10 months working alongside…

Poachers to Conservationists: Sea turtle conservation in rural Mexico

Written by Lissett Medrano As we celebrate oceans this month, today is specifically dedicated to one of earth’s most ancient sea creatures—sea turtles. As we honor this incredible species, it’s important to also recognize the efforts being made at the local level to preserve these endangered species. For the past four months, I’ve had the…

“Our Oceans Our Future”

#WorldOceansDay Happy World Oceans Day! At Playa Viva (“Living Beach”) it’s in our name to keep our coast and ocean healthy, alive, and thriving. Our oceans are essential to life as we know it on the planet: 70% of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean, they help regulate our climate, provide a significant…

La Tortuga Viva: Predator-Proofing 101

  With an average of 6 turtle nests ransacked by predators each night, the more that our volunteer team can reach and relocate to the safe, secure haven of  La Tortuga Viva Turtle Sanctuary, the better! Yet our rivals – mainly coatis and tejones – are a cunning bunch, and as they refuse to rest…

How Lucky to Participate in Protecting a Life So Rare

Guest blog, submitted by Debbie Greenberg One week ago I was fortunate enough to accompany members of the La Tortuga Viva turtle sanctuary on one of their nightly patrols of the beach near Playa Viva and beyond. They search for sea turtle nests in order to protect the eggs from poachers and predators by moving them to their nursery…

Season 4 Photo Contest – Winner Announced

Season 4 Photo Contest is finally complete. The book has gone to the press. The judges all got their votes in and while we had way too many great images all three judges only had 4 images that they all three agreed upon. When the book went to press, this image by Anna Hennings won…

Giving Back

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas our mailboxes, both real and virtual, are filled with holiday cards that remind us how much younger we are not getting, catalogs that remind us to be good consumers and solicitations that remind us to donate to deserving causes.  Playa Viva did its part when we recently sent an email requesting…