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Saving Baby Sea Turtles in Costa Rica!

Alice Son Start Date: May 31, 2017 - End Date: May 30, 2018
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by: Alice Son Start Date: May 31, 2017 - End Date: May 30, 2018
Hi Everyone! My name is Alice, and I am first-year science student at the University of British Columbia. My hobbies and interests include reading, gardening and watching wildlife documentaries!!! 

Over the years, sea turtle populations around the world have declined significantly due to human interference, in the form of commerical fishing, poaching, habitat destruction and climate change. Sea turtles play a vital role in maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem by eating sea grass to provide breeding grounds for fish, shellfish and crustaceans, while keeping jellyfish populations under control. With jellyfish blooms becoming a global problem, the extinction of sea turtles can have devastating effects on the world's fish populations. In other words, fish, too, can very well go extinct in the near future. 

Sea turtles are important, and it is our responsibility to save them. As a volunteer, I will be working to  protect and rescue baby sea turtles on the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Costa Rica by collecting eggs and working in hatcheries . This volunteer program will allow me to pursue my life-long passion for helping animals, while giving me an opportunity to serve the Costa Rican community (and the world) with a group of like-minded individuals, who share the love of preserving the wonders of the marine ecosystem. 

I plan to embark on this journey of a lifetime next summer, either in May or June. The program requires a minimum stay of 3 weeks, but I really hope to stay longer with your help. Thank you all so much for your interest and support in making this a reality!!! :D
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