Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica Sea Turtle Projects
In 2011, the Jekyll Island Authority Georgia Sea Turtle Center established several international collaborations in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Members of the Research Department with experience in sea turtle patrol are sent to field sites in the Osa Peninsula to work as research field assistants with projects such as Reserva Playa Tortuga, the Committee for the Conservation of Sea Turtles of Corcovado (COTORCO), and Osa Conservation. As field assistants, they help train volunteers, monitor nests and tag sea turtles. While the olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) is responsible for the vast majority of nests on the beaches of the Osa Peninsula, three other species of sea turtles also nest there, including the Pacific green or black (Chelonia mydas agazzissi), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles. Participants in these collaborations have included Dr. Terry Norton, Dr. Kimberly Andrews, Breanna Ondich, Rachel Sommer, Katie Mascovich, Emily Mitchell, and Lindsay Partymiller.
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Health and Rehabilitation Workshops
Dr. Terry Norton, Dr. Nancy Mettee, Dr. Brian Stacy.
St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network – Dr. Kimberly Stewart, DVM, Ross University
The SKSTMN was established in 2003 to monitor nesting sea turtle populations and advocate for strengthening sea turtle protection laws. This program operates as a nonprofit in St. Kitts and Nevis (small islands in the Caribbean). The Georgia Sea Turtle Center has partnered with the SKSTMN since 2008. We have provided our support by providing staff, resources, and expertise in many initiatives, including: the leatherback project, Sea Turtle Camp, rehabilitation and facility development, research projects, and the satellite tagging.