Introduction to Pacuare’s New Stewards

A Message from EPI Co-Founder & Executive Director: Dear Pacuare Reserve supporters, As John Denham wrote to you in an earlier note, he and The Endangered Wildlife Trust recently gifted Pacuare Nature Reserve, its land, and its assets, to Ecology Project International (EPI), an organization my wife, Julie Osborn, and I co-founded at Pacuare 16 […]

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Latest News, June 2015

Latest News June 2015 The Leatherback nesting season is drawing to a close. Counting is not completed but it is clear that we will exceed 750 nest this year. Higher nesting numbers are good news but much of the benefit has been lost due to very high tides and very heavy rainfall. The sea has washed […]

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We Have A New Blog

Thoughts From Pacuare is the blog written by our strategic planning coordinator in London, Kat Addis. It covers topics relating to conservation and biodiversity in all kinds of fields such as technology, science, music and the creative arts. Click here to check it out, and feel free to email her with suggestions or if you want […]

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Pacuare Poetry Competition 2015

We have launched the Pacuare Poetry Competition 2015. This is an extremely exciting new initiative that aims to create a durable connection between ecology, conservation and the poetry world. The competition is judged by Vahni Capildeo, a British Trinidadian writer who is currently the Judith E Wilson Poetry fellow at Cambridge University, and has previously […]

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April 2015

April 2015         Towards the end of February our team for 2015 gathered in Pacuare to train for the new season. They learnt to tag, measure and take all the other data from turtle nests and then started patrolling. Before that, however, there had been plenty of action in London where Catherine, our […]

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July 2014

The 30th of June marks the end of the Leatherback nesting season, though a few late-comers may still find their way to Pacuare in early July. This year we counted 537 nests, which is a low figure but better than last year’s 454.  Now the Green turtles start coming up to lay, not in such […]

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April 2014

The giant Leatherbacks have been slow to arrive this year so far. March nesting figures were 56 and April came to 185 almost the same as 2013.  It is too early to say if it is another low season or just a late start.  We have seen very low consecutive seasons in 2003 and 2004 […]

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April 2013

March 1st is our start date for the Leatherback nesting season and we were ready.  Alvaro and Isabel, our two biologists, had returned for another year and eight Field Assistants had been trained in monitoring and tagging the nesting turtles. Our five beach guards arrived.  With last year’s  record nesting fresh in our minds, we […]

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Panama 2012

Cristina, our Mexican biologist based in Bocas del Toro, reported very high Leatherback nesting figures for the season, with a record 637 for Soropta beach and 647 for Sixaola. It seems the whole Caribbean coast has enjoyed an exceptional season. Poaching figures remain relatively high at Sixaola with about 10% loss from the Costa Rican […]

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November 2012

We “closed the books” on the turtle season on the 30th September with an all-time record number of Leatherback nests – 1206, narrowly beating the previous highest figure three years ago. It has been hard work for our two biologists, Alvaro and Isabel, and their team of Field Assistants. During March, April and May there […]

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October 2013

We closed the turtle season at the end of September. By then the Leatherbacks had long since finished nesting and the last of their hatchlings would have emerged in August. The number of Leatherback nests this year was an all-time low at 457, following the all time high last year of over 1200. We can […]

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April 2012

APRIL 2012 PACUARE RESERVE Our leatherback season started on March 1st and the turtles have been coming in record numbers.  In mid March we had 21 nests in one night and the total number for the month was 234.  Both figures are records. Does this mean we are heading for a best ever season?  Not necessarily.  […]

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October 2011

PACUARE We closed the season at the end of September with the usual party for all our friends and helpers in the neighbourhood. Arturo performed his usual miracle of providing food, drink and music for around 100 people who danced into the small hours on a fine night. The previous day we held the presentation […]

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