Volunteer to track green and hawksbill turtles in the Bahamas.

Earthwatch

 

Turtle Tracking in the Bahamas

 

Who: Earthwatch

Where: Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas

Focus: Tracking green and hawsbill turtles to discover which habitats are most important to juvenile turtles and how to protect these areas from development.

Suitability:

  • Adult Teams – Over 18s.
  • Teen Teams – All volunteers aged between 15-18.
  • Group bookings on request.

When: Set expedition dates

Duration: 8 or 9 days

Cost: Available here

As a volunteer, you will:

  • Play a vital part in the conservation of green and hawksbill turtles.
  • Immerse yourself in tidal mangrove creeks, sea grass beds, and coral reefs where juvenile turtles forage. Assist researchers in determining why turtles choose, and move between, these different sites.
  • Catch turtles in the water from a boat in order to take tissue samples, attach tracking tags and record the turtle’s measurements, and weight.
  • Help set up nets in order to catch turtles at the mouth of a tidal creek, then assist the researchers to collect data before releasing the turtles.
  • Snorkel through turtle habitats to collect environmental data such as water depth and temperature. You’ll also collect plant samples and record GPS locations.
  • Patrol for predators using BRUVs (baited remote underwater video cameras). Analyse the video footage looking for signs of turtle predators like lemon sharks and nurse sharks.
  • Go for a hike or kayak around the island during free time.

The Base

Volunteers stay at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), a hub of environmental research and education. The institute is situated on the island of Eleuthera. a few steps away from beautiful beaches.

  • Sleeping: Shared, dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds, ceiling fans and ocean views.
  • Food: 3 meals a day. A mix of Caribbean and American food, buffet-style, served in the Institute’s communal dining area. Snacks are available to buy next door at the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Yacht Club.

The next step

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