EPI Galapagos held its annual festival in celebration of International Sea Turtle Day on Isabela Island. This year's fair had the usual celebratory music, games, and presentations on sea turtle ecology and conservation. But what made it particularly special were Mola Mola Eco-club members Ibrahi Rodriguez and Erick Ojeda.
For the last year, Ibrahi and Erick have taken their conservation leadership to the next level. Wanting to engage the Isabela community in green sea turtle conservation, Ibrahi and Erick developed and fundraised for their own local initiative, including winning one of EPI's Leadership Awards. To begin their initiative, they surveyed the community to get a sense of the locals' depth of sea turtle conservation knowledge. Then, they planned and held EPI-like sea turtle ecology courses for young community members. Their goal was to inspire youth to take action and protect this... Read More
Dear Friends of EPI,
Greetings from the coastal rainforest of Pacuare Reserve. We arrived with EPI supporters Sharon and Dick Barrett, who delivered turtle tags for the coming months. And we had the chance to use them! Our first night on patrol we witnessed a nesting leatherback female hauling herself to shore.
These tags go into the back flippers of the nesting female so we can track an individual’s movement and nesting patterns. It’s an important part of the work of our students and visitors to Pacuare Reserve.
Dick and Sharon have traveled with us to Mexico and Galapagos; they’ve made friends with our staff, helped us preserve species, and been financial supporters as well. Thanks Dick and Sharon!
As we wrap up the STEM4Good campaign, I reflect on the good fortune to be here with many aspiring female scientists. Rocio our lead... Read More
The steady beat of Blackfeet hand drummers synched with the heartbeats of thousands at the second Women’s March last month.
I found myself thinking, “Why are we here? How can we, in the 21st century, possibly be in a situation where we actually have a need for this march?” I was angry. The first speaker, Lauren Small Rodriguez (Northern Cheyenne), provided a profound answer that tapped into my discomfort and unease:
“We’re asking you to dismantle the system of oppression that this country was built upon–that you maintain and benefit from.”
#MeToo, Women’s March, indigenous rights, environmental protection – these are not disparate issues. They are symptoms that share root causes. I don’t pretend to know how to solve them, but I know that the emotions I felt that day—from anger to... Read More