Indigo Sea Turtle Initiative
Community-based sea turtle conservation
Every year populations of endangered sea turtles return to lay their eggs at the turtle hatchery at el Banco on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala.
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SEA TURTLE INITIATIVE
Located in the community of el Banco on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, Estacion Biologica el Banco is a community-based biological research station. It was established by Asociación Fundaselva de Guatemala and Indigo Expeditions in 2017 to monitor populations of endangered sea turtles.
EL BANCO COMMUNITY
Protecting the nesting beaches is a crucial part of our conservation work to ensure the continued survival of sea turtles at el Banco. We work in partnership with the local community to run the sea turtle hatchery, and involve the local schools in conservation projects.
SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION
Many sea turtle populations are declining around the world due to loss of nesting beaches, pollution, and the poaching of eggs and adult turtles. Three species of sea turtle nest at the hatchery, Olive Ridleys, leatherbacks, and in 2017 our first Green turtle made an appearance!
DO I NEED EXPERIENCE?
Experience in field surveying, or other conservation projects, would be beneficial, but no specialist experience of sea turtles is required. More important is a willingness to learn!
WHICH SEA TURTLES?
Three species of sea turtle nest on the beach at the ‘tortugario‘ or turtle hatchery. The most common is the Olive Ridley, and in 2016 over 130,000 hatchlings were released! Leatherbacks and Green turtle have also now been recorded.
OTHER STRIKING SPECIES
The birdlife is stunning on the coast including pelicans, frigate birds, and osprey. Black-tailed iguanas roam the beaches, and dolphins can often be seen fishing in the crests of the waves in the ocean!
Our volunteers stay at the Estacion Biologica el Banco itself! Our biological research station on the Pacific Coast was established to monitor sea turtle populations – all year round!
A comfortable shared dorm awaits you! Wake up each morning to a stunning sunrise over the Pacific Ocean as the morning reveals pelicans flying overhead, orioles chatting in the surrounding palm trees, and even a glimpse of a humpback whale!
From the time you are picked up by the Indigo Team in Guatemala, all in-country transport, accommodation, food, water & field training is provided! All you need to do is cover your flight to Guatemala City, grab your travel insurance, and cover any extra sundries! See T&Cs
Sea turtle eggs are incubated at the hatchery before the hatchlings are released into the Ocean.
Get hands-on and help release sea turtle hatchlings back into the Ocean with the community.
BEACH CLEAN UPS
Join local school children on their beach clean ups collecting plastics to be sold for recycling to raise money for computer equipment for their schools.
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