Along the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica there is a canal system that runs the entire length of the country from Panama to Nicaragua. Estacion Las Tortugas, a family-run sea turtle conservation project, is nestled between the canals and the beach. Pacuare Reserve also runs a turtle conservation project and is located just north of Estacion Las Tortugas.
We recently spent three nights at Estacion Las Tortugas with a group of students from American Academy. Our nights were filled with beach patrols in search of critically endangered leatherback sea turtles. Mid-May provides excellent opportunities to see nesting females as well as hatchlings.
Our days were filled with hatchery volunteer work, a discussion on sea turtle ecology, hammock time and a guided boat tour in the canals. Here’s a checklist of the species encountered during our afternoon canal tour this past trip.
Checklist of Species