→ Turtle Camp Dates 2014
- August 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
- September 1, 2, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
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After a remarkably successful inaugural year in 2013, we are pleased to offer an additional 12 nights at Sea Turtle Camp in August and September of 2014, including dates over the Labor Day Weekend. In this great adventure volunteers have the opportunity to work with local biologists on the coast of the Pacific to protect endangered Olive Ridley marine turtles (Lepidocheyles olivacea). Each night we'll be looking for the 100-pound female turtles as they haul their bodies out of the ocean and – driven purely by instinct – make their way to the rolling coastal dunes to find the ideal nesting spot. Each female will leave 90-120 white ping-pong shaped eggs in a sandy hole, camouflage the nest with a characteristic belly dance, then leave the offspring to chance.
That's where you come in. Predators, coastal development and illegal poaching all threaten sea turtle populations throughout the world. At this sea turtle research station you can help combat declining populations by volunteering with biologists as they collect the eggs and relocate them to a protective nursery. In many cases you'll be able to see mature nests bubbling with turtle hatchlings and have the opportunity to guide the hatchlings on their way to the sea. You can get an idea of the joy of a hatching event in the following video.
Turtle Hatchlings in Baja: Journey to the Sea