Located on the northwest pacific coast of Nicaragua, the Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve is one of the most ecologically important natural areas in Nicaragua. A large mangrove estuary surrounded by several small beach communities, it is a critically important hawksbill nesting area. Hawksbill monitoring and conservation have been taking place since April 2010.
In 2009 a team composed of members of Fauna and Flora International, ICAPO, community leaders and representatives of the Ministry of Environment (MARENA), visited the Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve located along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, where it was rumored that the significant numbers of hawksbill turtle nested and that the majority of nests were poached. It was concluded that the area was likely one of the two most important hawksbill nesting sites in the Eastern Pacific. The Nicaraguan Hawksbill Project was initiated in 2010 and since that time the research and conservation actions have enable us to determine nesting abundance and conservation status of the species, while also enabling the protection of nearly every nest laid at the site. This has been achieved through the cohesive participation of various NGOs, government institutions, local communities, cooperatives and private companies, who work within a locally formed committee to efficiently prioritize and manage the resources of this critical hawksbill protected area.