Are you a rugged biologist interested in learning how to collect data on nesting turtles and monitor nests? We train early-career biologists at Playa Cabuyal during nesting season (September 15 - March 31).
As biologists we quantify the world around us to better understand it, as conservationists we document the species we aim to protect, and as lovers of nature we describe the beautiful things we see each day.
Bibi Santidrián Tomillo
TLT Science Director and Principal Investigator at Playa Cabuyal
Playa Cabuyal is a little-known but important nesting beach for East Pacific green, olive ridley and leatherback turtles on the north coast of Guanacaste province in Costa Rica.
Dr. Bibi Santidrián Tomillo and Dr. Gabriela Blanco began this project in 2011 to uncover the secrets of these nesting turtles. Our researchers investigate a range of questions, including: how many turtles nest on Playa Cabuyal each year, what are the threats faced by these turtles both on nesting beaches and in offshore foraging areas, and what factors influence hatching success for incubating sea turtle hatchlings?
Playa Cabuyal supports a diverse array of life across marine and coastal ecosystems. The south end of the beach opens onto the mouth of a pristine estuary. In the adjacent mangrove forest, our researchers are documenting an astounding array of flora and fauna, including crocodiles, monkeys and jaguars.