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As a subscriber to our Fabien Cousteau Ocean Learning Center Newsletter, you have heard all about our work in Nicaragua, where we have established our Sea Turtle Restoration Program along the beautiful Isla Juan Venado Nature Reserve.

Protecting the nests for four species of endangered sea turtles takes a lot of planning and hard work for our staff and volunteers, as well as coordination with our research partners from the local university, UNAN León.

The program is operated and managed by the local women in the community who are earning an income while also increasing the survival rates of these precious eggs and hatchlings. As we begin a new nesting season we thought we would share some photos that our staff of women have provided, and give you a little background on this dedicated women in our  “Getting to Know Us” series, beginning today!
The photos you see below were taken by Ana Maria Parrales. Ana Maria is 36 years old and lives in Las Penitas, Nicaragua, the first location for the FCOLC Sea Turtle Restoration Program. 

Ana Maria has been working with the Sea Turtle Program for two years and cares for the hatcheries.  She monitors and guards the nests, the baby hatchlings, and records and documents conditions and physical traits of the various species for our Malformation Research Study with the university. 

Our program further empowers women by offering training workshops for developing an ecotourism business and in 2020, despite the pandemic, we expanded the program to a second site in Salinas Grandes. By engaging the local community in all the activities related to saving sea turtles, we instill a conservation ethic that will motivate the women, youth and other volunteers to protect the species and practice marine conservation.
We invite you to support the women in our program by making a donation today. Nesting season is just beginning and they already preparing the nurseries for the nests!
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