Sea Turtles in Todos Santos is the Eco Adventure of a lifetime!! Help population recovery, participate in marinelife
research, and experience Mexican culture! Our Volunteers are trained in collecting data on nesting sea turtles, nest
relocation, incubation greenhouse operation, nest excavation, and hatchling releases. Early morning patrols are run on ATV's,
evenings are spent releasing hatchlings, and days can be spent supervising the incubation area, helping with beach clean-ups,
designing publicity, or simply relaxing. There are lots of beautiful beaches to explore in the area, as well as a culture-rich
downtown full of shopping, dining, and art galleries. We are currently accepting Volunteer Registrations for the 2018-19 season. A one week committment
is requested, if you want to Volunteer for one day, Please see our Biologist for a Day program .
About our Nest Relocation Project:
of endangered Sea Turtles nest on the beaches of Todos Santos: Olive Ridley, the critically endangered Leatherback, and
occasionally the Black sea turtle. Beginning in October when Leatherbacks arrive to nest, the sand
temperature drops below the necessary 26 degrees celcius required for successful incubation. For this reason, Biologists and
Technicians relocate sea turtle nests to a special Incubation Greenhouse designed to Increase the sand temperature
and hatchling yeild. Approximately 100 nests are relocated to the greenhouse each season. Volunteers supervise the incubation areas,
care for hatchlings before their release, are trained in nest escavation, and help manage the hatchling releases.
We work with each of our Volunteers on an individual basis to design a program that fits your interests and
needs. Volunteers can work various shifts depending on the month of participation. Nest Relocation Patrols
are run late at night and in the early morning October - March. You will be trained in recording physical data on nesting
turtles, nest collection and relocation.
Daytime duties include: Incubation supervision, Recording Greenhouse temperatures,
Caring for hatchlings, Nest escavation and Hatchling releases (Releases take place December 1- May). There are
many on-going Volunteer activities that take place throughout the year like public awareness design and development. We are
also open to you receive your ideas. You may work as little as four hours each day, or up to 10 hours if you desire.
You can also take days off to relax and explore Todos Santos on your own.
The Volunteer Casitas are
conveniently located between the beach and centro, with several markets within walking distance. The property is gated and each Casita
has a locking door and private bathroom with hot water. There is a large palapa covered kitchen and common eating area. Volunteers
will be coming and going at different times, and so can choose to prepare meals individually or as a group. There is wi-fi
so bring your portable internet device. Volunteers can elect to be woken up and taken to the nesting site if a turtle is on
the beach during your night off. After submitting your registration below you will be taken to a page to reserve your
Casita. Off-site Volunteer registrations are not being accepted at this time until further notice.
Who Can Volunteer?
Anyone can volunteer, we accept individuals, couples, families and groups. Spanish language
skills are not a requirement, but if you would like to brush up on your conversation skills, private lessons are available.
We are currently accepting Volunteer registrations for the upcoming season.
When is the Best Time to Volunteer?
October 15 -December 31 is the busiest nesting time if
its nesting turtles you want to see.
December 1- February is
our busiest hatching time, and there are nesting turtles several nights each week. March - April there
are Hatchling Releases 3-6 days per week, and we still need many volunteers as the greenhouse must be supervised throughout
the day every day.
There are no Registration
fees. Volunteers are responsible for their travel expenses, meals and a Contribution toward Field Equipment and Volunteer Accommodations
about conservation, and camp out to rescue sea turtle nests
If you will be in Todos Santos for the nesting season at another
location, conservation opportunities are also available. Contact us to plan your family Camp-out (October-December),
organize a school field trip or create a group conservation activity. You can also help supervise the incubation
greenhouse (January-March), and participate hatchling releases in Las Tunas.
The Volunteer form is not required to participate in Hatchling Releases or single night Camp-outs.
Julie with Olive Ridley hatchling
Josh with Leatherback track
Junior Lifeguards 2011 Participants/ Participantes de Salvavidas Junior 2011
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