Turtle Beach Night Patrol

A unique and gratifying adventure in conservation As you head out after dark with the turtle sanctuary volunteers on ATVs your work is to scan the beach, to identifying turtle tracks, and locate nests to collect vulnerable turtle eggs. If left on the beach, the nests are susceptible to predation from dogs and racoons as…

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…

The Gift of a New Turtle Sanctuary

109 World Helps Build Our New Turtle Sanctuary Each year 1000s of mother sea turtles return to the beaches around Playa Viva to lay their eggs.  These turtle nests are increasingly vulnerable to both predators and poaching, but since 2001 they have been protected by the dedicated volunteers at La Tortuga Viva.  The volunteers patrol…

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…