8 06 2010

Hawaii Sea Turtle and Mangrove Conservation Project.

Come volcanoes, come tropical storms, our sea turtle friends are massing off the Pacific coast of Guatemala waiting to start nesting in mid-July.  We had a slow year last year and we are hoping that with El Niño out of the way, we’ll have a record year this year in the Hawaii area.  We here at the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation (ARCAS) are looking for energetic and resourceful volunteers to help us out in our conservation activities.

Based at the Hawaii National Park near the town of Hawaii on the Pacific coast of Guatemala,  (NOTE: Not the island in the Pacific!) volunteers assist in nightly beach patrols in search of nesting sea turtles, collection and burial of eggs in the hatchery and collection of research data.  Volunteers also take part in the caiman and iguana captive breeding programs, construction and upkeep of educational exhibits, educational activities in area schools, mangrove reforestations and community projects.  The olive ridley season in Hawaii is during the months June-November with peak months of August and September.  For the much scarcer leatherbacks, the nesting season is November to January.

For volunteers looking for a little more adventure and a more cultural experience, ARCAS also needs volunteers to help out at its community sea turtle hatchery in El Rosario, a small fishing community @ 6kms east of Hawaii.    The atmosphere in El Rosario is more laid back than Hawaii and there are fewer amenities, but it is also a more genuine, Guatemalan coastal experience and a great chance to improve your Spanish.

Although it is not directly managing this hatchery, ARCAS is also collaborating with CONAP, Ambios and Project Parlama in the management of the La Barrona Hatchery, further to the east, just 10 kms from the Salvadoran border.  If you’re interested in more information about this project let us know.

Finally, ARCAS’s other main project, nothing to do with sea turtles, is its Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in the northern Peten region of Guatemala, 45 kms from the world famous Mayan archeological site of Tikal.  Here, volunteers assist  in feeding and caring for animals including parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, margays, ocelots, coatimundis, taras and kinkajous.

If you are interested in helping out at any of these projects, please send us an e-mail to arcasvolunteers@gmail.com and we will send you updated prices and logistical information.  Or visit our website at www.arcasguatemala.com

Asociación Rescate y Conservación de Vida Silvestre/Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (ARCAS)

Intl Mail Address:  Section 717,  PO Box 52-7270, Miami,  FL  33152-7270  USA

Street Address:   Km. 30 Calle Hillary Lote 6  Casa Villa Conchita, San Lucas Sacatepequez, Guatemala
Telphone: (502)7830-1374 (Phone/Fax), 7830-4273,  5704-2563 (Colum cell)

E-mail: arcas@intelnet.net.gt

Website:  www.arcasguatemala.com





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