Field Assist. Project Biodiversity

Hi everyone, I am a recent graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and I have an opportunity to be a field assistant with Project Biodiversity from June through October 2018   The islands of Cape Verde constitute the world’s third most important nesting site for the Loggerhead turtle.This incredible species is a critical link in marine ecosystems, helping to maintain the health of sea grass beds and coral reef systems that provide food and shelter for a vast array of other marine life. Unfortunately, human exploitation of this amazing species has brought them to the brink of extinction. In 2007 it was estimated that the Loggerhead population in Cape Verde would be extinct by 2015 if immediate actions weren’t taken to halt the illegal hunt and trade of turtle meat. Project Biodiversity believes that connecting people with nature and raising general awareness is the best way to preserve the environment and its wildlife. This is why part of Project Biodiversity’s work is with schools, youth centers and other community groups. They bring topics like pollution, marine wildlife, natural resources and recycling to all the kids of Sal Island, so they become the next generation of conservationists.  As a field assistant I will play a key role during the nesting season.  These funds will be used to help with travel arrangements to Sal Island, and purchasing items that I need for the camp.  The turtles and I appreciate any help you can give!


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