I first met Ingrid Yañez at Playa San Miguel Costa Rica when she was in charge of the sea turtle project for Pretoma, an organization dedicated to protecting sharks and sea turtles. After few years later, work took her elsewhere, but we have stayed in touch. I sometimes lob updates to her about my sea turtle encounters, and she shares news about her efforts (with her husband Alex Gaos) in saving the rapidly-declining populations of sea turtles. They are presently working diligently in conservation for the highly-endangered hawksbill turtles. (ICAPO)
Their enthusiasm is infectious about recent discoveries: “Prior to 2007 hawksbills were thought to be essentially extinct in the eastern Pacific…they have been documented using cryptic nesting sites, often located inside estuaries, where they come ashore behind stands of mangroves to deposit their eggs. They also use these in-land mangrove waterways to forage. “
Eureka! Mangroves?!!! Could that have been one of the last few hundred hawksbill turtles in front of the house yesterday?
Save the mangroves; please, please save those remaining mangroves!!!!! (That work has stopped, but we hope that they never resume.)
Ingrid and Alex’s organization has been selected to compete for a 20,000-dollar contest for non profit causes, and she asked me to help spread the word. It’s painless, I promise, no Facebook log ins or anything .
Here’s part of her letter: “The sea turtle conservation organization we founded in 2008 (Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative: www.hawksbill.org) was recently selected to compete in Sungevity Gives Back, a contest via internet which we could win $20,000!
“…The organization that gets the most votes win. Winning the contest would provide important funding for our conservation work, specifically to protect hawksbill eggs and reduce mortality in fisheries related activities.
“…It’s simple, take just two seconds and VOTE for us today. Please go to: http://www.sungevity.org/gives-back
Select: “Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative” from the drop-down menu. No need to create an account or sign up for advertisements, just vote (if you have multiple email addresses, vote with them also) And spread spread the word within your friends/contacts…
Any promotion through facebook, groups, lists, etc., would be much appreciated! Friend our organization on facebook as well. Attached is a flyer that you use to spread the word. Thank you thank you!!! Abrazos, Ingrid”
Old timers reminisce and tell when thousands of turtles came ashore and nested at Playa San Miguel during the rainy season. Twenty years ago, hundreds came. Now the biologists are happy if one nests each night. Of the young olive ridley hatchlings, one in one thousand lives to return as an adult. Some people say it’s one in two thousand. (See: The Red Light District )
Play a token role and help Ingrid and Alex win this funding for their project! The future tortugitas thank you! Ask your friends to vote as well!