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Sea Turtles
Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings

Elizabeth’s Landing – A Sea Turtle Conservation Novel for Middle Grade Readers

I open my eyes. The woman kneeling at my side slips off her sunglasses and scans my face. Wisps of dark chocolate-colored hair stick out from under her sand-colored ball cap. Port Winston Marine Science Center is printed over the brim. Embroidered in dark blue thread above her shirt pocket is MARIA, Staff Biologist. She’s Mom’s age or close. (Elizabeth’s Landing is an award-winning novel for middle-grade readers about a 14-year-old girl who gets involved with Kemp’s ridley sea turtle conservation efforts in Texas along the Gulf Coast.)Read More
two chimpanzees

10 Ways You Can Protect Wild Animals – Ideas for Giving Tuesday 2017

10 Ways You Can Protect Wild Animals - Ideas for #GivingTuesday 2017. Did you know you can adopt an gorilla or elephant, a lemur or a orangutan? You can save a bunch of baby turtles. You can preserve an acre of rainforest! Let's make the world a better place for all creatures great & small. Typical gifts to these organizations are around $25. We're all connected to these animals and their habitats around the world, and your contribution makes a real impact. Here are our WAKA recommendations for conservation organizations worthy of your support:Read More
Baby Sea Turtle Crawls to the Ocean

What Kids Can Do To Protect Sea Turtles

With so many big problems facing sea turtles, it is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like nothing can be done. The Billion Baby Turtles program offers students a concrete way to help save baby sea turtles around the world. Each fall, school classes around the U.S. join forces to raise funds that go to important turtle nesting beach conservation projects. Over the past four years, 1,500 students from dozens of schools have raised money to help save nearly 20,000 turtle hatchlings. The funds support guards to patrol turtle nesting beaches, helping to keep poachers and predators away and helping hatchlings get to the water. You too can get involved! Read More
Baby Leatherback Sea Turtle

My First Trip to Parismina Island, Costa Rica

(Guest Post by Cathleen Burnham) My family hired a small motor boat from the tiny port at Siquirres to a tinier landing at Parismina Island. We had come to the small island on the Caribbean Sea, on the east coast of Costa Rica, to learn about sea turtles and participate in the local turtle conservation program, including meeting the kids involved in patrolling the beaches, who called themselves the Tortuga Squad.Read More
loggerhead turtle swimming

Tortuga Squad – Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica, by Cathleen Burnham (Book 2 in the WAKA series), is about a group of kids in Costa Rica working to save baby turtles, patrolling the beach for poachers and rescuing eggs to incubate in a hatchery. On Parismina Island in Costa Rica, the "Tortuga Squad," a group of youngsters, keep watch on the beach for new nests of sea turtle eggs. Like many places in the Caribbean and elsewhere, this island is a dangerous place for turtles. Here, the villagers have eaten turtle meat and eggs for generations. But many species are close to extinction. Poaching eggs and killing sea turtles for meat is now illegal on the island. But some people still do it. So the turtles need extra help. This is where the kids come in.Read More