I saw firsthand how ICAPO is conserving and providing hope for recovery of hawksbills turtles. I also saw that ICAPO is conserving and providing hope for every person who assists the project, including community residents, egg collectors, farmers, scientists and policy-makers—throughout the region, nationally and internationally.
… Getting up close and personal with the organization, its beginnings, achievements, struggles and its great potential and passion to protect the hawksbill turtle.
… Having hands-on experience…nightly beach patrols with my co-workers, looking for and catching turtles and unregistered nests…collecting eggs for and monitoring the hatchery where eggs are buried, temperatures are taken, nests are exhumed and hatchlings released. I got to take measurements of the carapace’s length and width, take tissue samples, tag the turtle and return it to its habitat. I watched the nesting process, even seeing Olive Ridleys and Green Turtles! I learned about the technical and scientific methods implemented in the world of sea turtles.
…Leaving my mark on ICAPO during the art project, I learned how I could show my admiration, captivation and commitment to the tiny hatchlings, who, with such energy and passion, set out to conquer the immense sea.
I know now that working as a team—the ICAPO way—we all can save the hawksbill from disappearing. By volunteering, I became an ICAPOera (ICAPO-girl) with full commitment and loyalty to the turtles.
Thank you, ICAPO, for the wonderful experience.
Learn how you can volunteer at a hawksbill conservation project site.