This summer, with the popularity of Frontier's Costa Rica project soaring, we've decided to spread our wings and create two extra 'satellite' camps close to us on the Osa Peninsula. This week, I've been lucky enough to be staying at the Carate camp at which is sits right on the edge of Corcovado national park, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.
The satellite camp's main function is to provide support for the sea turtle conservation project. We do this by coordinating with them to arrange a schedule to patrol the beaches in the area as much as we can from dusk until dawn. During these patrols we collect data on the number of turtle tracks and nests that we find, as well performing health assessments on the turtles themselves when we see them. We also work to camouflage the tracks and nests that we find to make life as difficult as possible for poachers (who are still sadly a common sight in the area) when they come looking for eggs.
These walks are tough, lasting around 4 hours each on heavy sand, but can be so rewarding both for when we see the beautiful turtles themselves, and also for the stunning sunrises that we can see when dawn finally breaks.
Because this walking is tough, we spend a large part of our days here just relaxing and enjoying the hundreds of monkeys and birds that surround our cabin there. However, we do make ourselves useful in the afternoon, helping out the local workers with various tasks as they maintain the grounds of the lodge.
By the end of the week I was tired, but happy for being so heavily involved in an important turtle conservation project, as well as having a chance to live so close to Corcovado national park which is a true natural wonder.
By John Scott, Assistant Research Officer
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