29 May 2009
CNN is currently featuring "Heroes" from around the world who are working to improve their communities. The featured hero this week is Suzan Lakhan, a co-founder of Nature Seekers in Trinidad.
Her story is truly inspirational, helping to transform a community from one that regularly ate leatherback turtles into one focused on protection. Nature Seekers now runs community development programs including ecotourism and reforestation, as well as protecting one of the world's most important leatherback nesting beaches. And somehow she manages to find the time to run a wonderful guesthouse in Matura! (see photo).
Nature Seekers is a SEE Turtles partner, check out our Trinidad trips if you want to go and meet her in person!
28 May 2009
ESC has launched a wonderful new website called "What Gives You Hope". Do yourself a favor, go this this site and let them know what makes you optimistic and you'll be entered into a monthly contest to have your entry featured and win free chocolate.
25 May 2009
Funzi Turtle Club members receive ownership documents of a boat donated by IUCN Netherlands as part of a project ‘Integrating sea turtle conservation with ecotourism’. The boat will be used for sea patrols. The turtle conservation club also carries out other activities such as habitat rehabilitation, beach clean-ups, turtle tagging and release, hatchling release program, in-situ nest protection as well as production of handicrafts and souvenirs out of recycled material. This club is one of the 18 community Turtle Conservation Groups (TCGs) that the Kenya Sea Turtle Conservation Community (KESCOM) currently works with.
22 May 2009
Tomorrow is World Turtle Day, so we encourage you to celebrate by going to SEE a turtle (the sea kind or otherwise), make plans to SEE turtles (find some ideas HERE) or contribute your support to your local turtle group (they all need your help).
Tomorrow is also Carl Safina's birthday, so we encourage you to celebrate by going to SEE Carl. Just kidding. But you can drop him well wishes via his BLOG and thank him for his tremendous, longstanding writing, thinking and advocacy on behalf of sea turtles and their habitat.
In addition, Oceana has dedicated their BLOG to World Turtle Day!
World Turtle Day was created by American Tortoise Rescue as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.
One last thought to get you inspired for WTD09: "Am I not turtley enough for the turtle club?"
19 May 2009
All the recent news on leatherbacks seems to be good lately for a change. A group of scientists has estimated the Gabon nesting population somewhere between 15, 000 to 41,000 females, a huge number considering the most recent estimate of worldwide females in 2004 was only roughly 35,000 total! That makes this population larger than both the Suriname and Trinidad populations, long considered the world's largest.
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04 May 2009
Get Outside Yourself: New SEE Turtles Volunteer Match Program Connects Travelers with Sea Turtle Conservation
Read more HERE