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Jaime, my downstream neighbor, who makes paddles from Playamart materials and knows every nuance of the river.

Jaime, my downstream neighbor, makes paddles from Playamart materials and knows every nuance of the river.

(Jama/Manabi/Ecuador) – Yesterday I visited with Jaime, the fisherman who lives at the mouth of Rio Jama, and I asked him about the turtles in the river.  He confirmed that sea turtles navigate the mangrove-lined river, and he added that the turtles have three types of meat – oh my!

My friend Paola Durango, who works with Ceiba Foundation, and I had walked to the ‘boca’  – mouth of the river to visit with Jaime about an upcoming project to document the marine species in this final curve of Rio Jama.  Paola politely told Jaime that there were less than 1,000 Hawksbills left on the entire Eastern Pacific Coast.  There is an urgent need to educate the people (worldwide) who live in sea turtle habitat!
Paola and Jaime talk about turtles and marine life.

Paola and Jaime talk about turtles and marine life.

The race for Sungevity’s $20,000 prize is approaching the final stretch, and excitement builds as three groups thunder toward the finish line!   With selfish interest, I’m hopeful that Ingrid and Alex’s ICAPO foundation will win that prize.for the Hawksbill Turtles so that they can visit and teach me how to monitor the turtle activity in this river!
It's a sea turtle!  Could it be an extremely-endangered hawksbill?

It’s a sea turtle! Could it be an extremely-endangered hawksbill?

Back to the contest:  The Hawksbill Turtles (ICAPO) have been several hundred votes in the lead for most of this past week!  The Frogs have been gaining, and now the Groundwork Opportunities group is coming from behind!  Yikes, it’s time to rally and help keep the Hawksbills in the lead!

Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative   3695 votes

Save the Frogs                                   3675 votes

Groundwork Opportunities              3215 votes

Please spread the word and encourage others to vote for the Hawksbill Turtles!

"Please help save the remaining endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles!  Extinct means shame on all of us!"

“Please help save the remaining endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles! Extinct means shame on all of us!”

Vote HERE (http://www.sungevity.org/gives-back), please, and share this with as many other nature lovers as possible!

Thanks!

Lisa/Z

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