The 2016-17 Conservation Program runs October 15, 2016 - May 31,
Hatchling Releases begin around November 30, 2016
species of Sea Turtle (Leatherback, Olive Ridley and Black) nest on the beaches of Todos Santos. Olive Ridleys nest year round,
Leatherbacks from October - April, and Blacks from September -February.
Sea Turtle nests rely on the heat of the sand for
incubation, and when sand temperatures drop below 26° celcius for any part of the incubation period, malformations and
death can occur in the developing turtles. This is where our Incubation Greenhouse comes in! All nests that are
laid after October 1 are relocated into the Incubation Greenhouse where average sand temperatures are 29°celcius. Hatchlings
incubated inside the greenhouse are healthy, vigorous, and lack the deformities that are common in fall and winter nests.
The incidence of flipper deformations, crooked beaks, blindness and dwarfism is significantly decreased when fall and
winter nests are incubated in the Greenhouse.
We begin relocating nests to the Incubation Greenhouse on
October 15, and our Hatchling releases usually begin around November 30.