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A month ago, while walking the beach with an EPI group for a 12 o’clock patrol, Rocio and I witnessed a key moment for all sea turtle conservationists: more than 60 green turtle hatchlings coming down the beach heading Godspeed to the sea. How many people get to face such clear evidence of the worth of their mission? How many times in life can one see, translated in hundreds of new lives, all the sweat and effort put into one’s task? Seeing that one nest hatch was even more special because green turtles are rarer than leatherbacks on our beach. This subpopulation of green turtles nests all the way from northern Caribbean of Costa Rica to northern Panama, peaking in Tortuguero National Park where green turtles lay more than 100,000 nests every year. Their feeding grounds are located in the Caribbean of northern Panama and central Nicaragua where the... Read More

Conservation, Nature

Heading into bear country? Be prepared with common sense, good safety measures, and bear spray. Bear spray is the most effective deterrent of aggressive bears. Its fine spray of capsicum derivatives is non-lethal and temporarily reduces a bear’s ability to see and breathe, allowing you time to get out of the area. Practice these bear spray tips, so you can be confident and knowledgeable while hiking and camping in grizzly and black bear habitat. Know Before You Go Never carry bear spray in your pack. It’s useless if it’s not easily accessible. Keep it on your chest or hip. Practice taking the spray out of the holster and removing the safety clip with your thumb. You can use an inert can to practice firing. Bear spray is meant to be sprayed at a bear. It is not like insect repellent, and it will cause... Read More

How To, Nature

By Juan Sebastian Torres EPI Galapagos Program Coordinator Coming to the Galápagos Islands is a once in a life experience. People from all over the world come to see iconic animals like giant tortoises, Darwin´s finches, and blue footed boobies. But what many people forget is that Galápagos is home to the second largest marine reserve in the world. This reserve harbors exquisite biodiversity, inviting you to don your snorkeling mask and flippers and explore a variety of volcanic underwater landscapes decorated with the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. The best 5 snorkeling spots in the enchanted archipelago:  1. The Devil's Crown This ancient volcano crater near Floreana Island creates an underwater paradise. Its peaks remain above water giving the area a crowned shape. A great variety of tropical fish including moorish idols, puffer fish, and large schools of surgeonfish can be found... Read More

How To, Nature, Travel