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At Ecology Project International, we are working to turn the tide for sea turtles through our work at Costa Rica’s Pacuare Reserve. At one time, more than 98% of sea turtle nests were lost, but thanks to 20 years of tireless monitoring, public education, and local collaborations, we’ve seen monumental improvements and that figure has fallen to less than 2%. Why protect sea turtles? Sea turtles are keystone species— critical to healthy ecosystems. They improve coastal habitat through nesting, promote marine biodiversity by balancing prey populations, and are critical to the health of coral reef ecosystems. Sadly, ongoing issues like climate change and human activity threaten sea turtle populations worldwide. And now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the financial support and volunteer time that is critical to on-the-ground operations at the Reserve has come to a halt.

We're nearly there!

Because of the incredible support for our Every Egg campaign so far, the field crew was able to save over 54,000 leatherback sea turtle eggs this season despite the pandemic threatening to halt all operations. With your support, our team worked relentlessly to save every, single, egg. Reports from our field team show that our presence was critical to the success of this leatherback season, but not every reserve was as lucky. Pacuare Reserve experienced less illegal harvesting than other regional protected areas thanks to the dedicated support from local communities.

 

But, we still need your help! As we speak, species like green and hawksbill sea turtles are nesting within the safety of the Reserve and need our protection. Funding through our Every Egg campaign will ensure our continued ability to protect two more endangered species through conservation and research efforts. Research essential to understanding sea turtle ecology continues, including investigations into the recent and rare discovery of a hybrid species of green and loggerhead sea turtles. Without the presence of researchers and staff, we will miss essential data to further understanding these extraordinary species of turtles.

We are almost to our goal of $88,000 to continue essential protections for sea turtles at the Reserve. Will you help us? For as little as $1 per egg, you can protect an entire generation of endangered sea turtles, fund critical conservation research, and help our team prepare for the next season that is just months away.

There are eggs that still need protection! 

Thank you to our donors:

Anonymous

Philip Zarri & Lisa Rooney-Zarri – $2,500

Jonathan Hops – $1,000

Ann Quirk – $500

Jean & Eugene Orientale – $250

Dick & Sharon Barrett – $250

Rocí­o – $250

Anonymous – $250

Stefanie Kalk von der Geest – $250

Anonymous  – $220

Jean Kauffman – $200

Brian Peters – $200

Kevin & Sarah – $150

Noreen Humes – $150

Nicholas & Waheeda – $150

Judith Bronowski – $100

Viv & Pablo – $100

Tinsley Warren – $100

Anonymous – $100

Michelle & Michael Jacobs  – $100

Edward Vine – $100

Adam Perrin MD – $100

The McLaughlin Family  – $100

Nan Zhou – $100

Jonathan & Melissa Koomey – $100

Haley Hanson – $100

Anonymous – $100

Cindy Newberg – $100

Anonymous – $100

Dany Lego – $100

Dayana Calderon – $100

Stephen Acosta – $100

Sandy & Wade Adams – $100

Robin Bunting – $100

Michael A Makofske – $100

Derek – $100

Miguel Fuentes – $100

Anonymous – $100

BW – $100

Brigitte Amat – $100

JP & Bridget Henson – $100

Judy Lunt – $100

Steve Anderson – $90

Agustín – $75

Janice Byrne-Capinegro – $75

Miles Bartoletti-Levy – $75

Amy & Olivia Miller - $50

Tom McLarney – $50

Jack & Allie Davis – $50

Katherine Matlack – $50

Paul Close – $50

Andy Price – $50

Claire, Arn, Gunnar, Lily, Valley, & Jetty – $50

Nicki Thomas – $50

Rick & Becky Price – $50

Rahul – $50

Anonymous – $50

Weston Booth – $50

Nate Chisholm – $50

Shane & Kimberly – $50

Kevin & Pamela Cahill – $50

Nicole Barbour – $50

Janet Daisley & Tripp Peake – $50

Mike & Anna Orientale & family – $50

Eugene C. Orientale – $50

José Andrés Rodríguez Zumbado – $50

Anonymous – $50

Kaye Family – $50

Lynn & John Price – $50

Ben Anderson – $50

Anonymous – $50

Irene – $50

Pablo Velasco – $50

Jan-Philipp Loos – $50

Fearon & Andrew – $50

Matthias von der Geest – $50

Eric & Michelle Mannweiler – $50

Brittany Hull-Solomon – $50

Aaron Hirsh – $50

Karen Stanko-Brogan – $50

Laura Henning – $50

Jo Brown – $45

Joshua Suckow –$40

Nancy Seldin – $40

Amy Doan Holth – $35

Anonymous – $35

Maureen Scolaro – $30

Anna & Ty – $30

Nelle Neighbor-Alonzo – $30

Erin Clark – $30

Kylie Paul – $30

Mina May – $30

Shane Bowe – $30

Anonymous – $25

Maaike –  $25

Emily McRoberts – $25

Lynn Danielson – $25

Jeff Pollard & Natomas Charter School – $25

Lisa & Scott Heisel –$25

Deborah Roosevelt– $25

Martie Leys – $25

Mrs. Jencso – $25

Anonymous –$25

Luis Thomas – $25

Anonymous – $25

Anonymous – $25

Sarah $25

Nancy Orias – $25

Dianne McDonald –$25

Catherine – $25

Jennifer Heidle-Dalton – $25

Anonymous – $25

Torrey Gorra – $25

Anonymous – $25

I HILL – $25

Cecilia Cordero – $25

Lea – $25

Anonymous  – $25

Anonymous  – $25

John Berman – $25

Kate Zuck Gundlach  – $25

Whitney Kamman  – $25

Bridget Hannibal Sy  – $25

Anonymous – $25

L.A. Kauffman – $20

Jeremy Williams – $20

Rachel Redmond – $20

Clara E Giacomo – $20

Julee, Jack & Scarlett – $20

N & C McAtee – $20

Nick Eede – $20

Anonymous – $15

Anonymous – $15

Sylvain Porrot – $15

Michael Hodbod – $15

Kelly Prosen – $15

Christine – $11

Anthony Orientale – $10

Jessica McMullen – $10

Emma Didier – $10

Jaclyn Gerakios – $10

Colin Millar – $10

John Kamman & Grace Brogan – $10

Melissa Peterson – $10

Susanna Soley – $10

Anonymous – $10

Ann Quirk – $5

Taitum Sorvig – $5

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