Protecting Leatherback Sea Turtles

Turtle Island Restoration Network
Discover and protect the wonders of the Eastern Pacific leatherback sea turtle through research.

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Protecting Leatherback Sea Turtles

Turtle Island Restoration Network mobilizes people to restore oceans, preserve rivers and streams, and protect the marine wildlife that call these blue-green waters home. With your donations we will conduct research to better understand prehistoric giants; the Eastern Pacific leatherback sea turtle. For our research we will study these incredible creatures above and below the water to better estimate their population size, movements and behaviors, migration patterns, fishery interactions and nesting behaviors. The footage and information from these studies will also be used to create a platform for community outreach, fundraising and conservation campaigns.

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Callie Veelenturf

Armed with a Masters of Science in Biology, Callie is determined to prevent the Eastern Pacific Leatherback sea turtle from extinction. As a research fellow at the Turtle Island Restoration Network in California, she spends her days researching and collecting data on these incredible animals in order to understand how to best protect them and influence government policy change for their long-term survival.

Items in Need

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GoPro Hero ($200 each)

Cameras for capturing above and in-water footage of Leatherback sea turtles


Gifted: 15 | Remaining: 0

Mini Solar Panels ($63 each)

To re-charge portable batteries in locations where electricity is not readily available


Gifted: 1 | Remaining: 0

Portable Battery Chargers ($36 each)

Charging GoPros and lights


Gifted: 2 | Remaining: 0

Rite in the Rain Notebook

$14

Waterproof tool for recording in-field data


Gifted: 2 | Remaining: 2

Dive Slates ($8 each)

Waterproof tool for recording in-field data


Gifted: 2 | Remaining: 0

Micro SD cards

$12

Recording footage onto GoPros


Gifted: 10 | Remaining: 7

40-45L Waterproof Backpack

$55

Waterproof field back for night turtle patrols


Gifted: 1 | Remaining: 1

Project Budgets

Our project teams have worked hard to give the best estimates possible, but budgets and prices of items can fluctuate. Should something change, your monetary donation will be used for another aspect of this project.

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Flights from SFO to GYE

San Francisco, USA to Guayaquil, Ecuador - Return flight for researcher to local sites and deliver equipment to team


Gifted: $20 | Remaining: $780

Airport Transfers

Cost of ridesharing (e.g. Uber/Lyft) airport transfers during various trips throughout Latin America


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $300

Flights from SFO to MEX

San Francisco, USA to Mexico City, Mexico - Return flight for researcher to local sites and deliver equipment to team


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $500

Accomodation

Overnight stays en route to research sites


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $600

Shipping

Equipment shipping costs to local research sites


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $500

Flights from SFO to SJO

San Francisco, USA to San Jose, CR - Roundtrip flight in December for researcher to local sites and deliver equipment to team


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $600

Daily Food Allowances

Food allowance (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for researchers during expeditions


Gifted: $20 | Remaining: $820

Flights from SFO to PTY

San Francisco, USA to Panama City, Panama - Return flight for researcher to local sites and deliver equipment to team


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $700

Gas / Petrol

Reimburse locals and/or conservationists for their help with transport to research sites


Gifted: $48 | Remaining: $4,992

Flights from SFO to SJO

San Francisco, USA to San Jose, CR - Roundtrip flight in August for researcher to local sites and deliver equipment to team


Gifted: $600 | Remaining: $0

COMPLETE!