Voluntourist Orientation

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Centro Ecológico Akumal

Voluntourist Orientation

Akumal, Quintana Roo

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Turtle Program. We will be reviewing the following today: Filling out Application Code of Conduct and more from Amanda Baye Review of the Voluntourist Program’s Levels Voluntourist task Uniform and equipment suggestions Who’s Who at CEA and Who we are Akumal Beaches protected by CEA license Sea Turtle Protection Program Sea Turtle identification Terminology Do’s and Don’ts Beach Safety What to say to Tourists Voluntouist task

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Voluntourist Levels

Red - Voluntourist - New to the program, completed orientation or visiting for short time Basic training Yellow - Voluntourist II Has completed Level 1 training classes and in field tasks for one month Green -Volunteer Has completed Level 1 and 2 training classes Made full time commitment of schedule Recommendation from a Tortuguero / Tortuguera

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Voluntourist Level Task

RED- Behind the scenes - office assistance, equipment preparation and support Day beach patrol-nesting season Early night patrol-nesting season YELLOW- Late night beach patrol and Tortuguero / Tortuguera assistance Day patrol nesting and hatchling season to include assist with nest cleaning All RED tasks GREEN Assist tortuguero / tortuguero with data collecting in the field All RED and Green tasks

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Voluntourist Shifts

Mornings- 6-8AM-Beach Walking-photos of intento not marked by staff, photos of all new nests to include location, checking nests that are close to hatching for signs, noting and cleaning up attacked nests, following instructions of what to do if nest hatches in the morning, securing stakes and helping repost ONLY when instruction to do so is given(supervisor must find location of original placement) 9-11A-Information on the Beach, nest checks, Support for operational needs-painting signs, beach cleanup, office assistance, etc Night- 5-9PM-Beach Walking, watch for hatchlings and Turtle sighting before staff arrives- crowd control. Passing out info cards to tourists . 9-12(or later)-Turtle sighting, Crowd control, Assist Tortuguero ,

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Uniform and suggested Equipment

Official Voluntourist tee shirt,to be worn only on duty Volunteer Badge Information cards Red flashlight Lightweight rain/wind pancho Small lightweight back pack Close toe shoes Mosquito repellant Water

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Who’s Who at CEA

Turtle Team 2016

Hector Antonio Lizarraga-Cubedo Jose Luis Rozanne Jose Manuel Gonzoles

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BM"Låd AS

Akumal Beaches Protected by CEA License

Half Moon Bay (BML) Akumal Bay (BA) Jade Bay (PT) South Akumal (AS)

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Sea Turtle Protection Program

1993— CEA starts working on Sea Turtle conservation Non profit organization, funded by a board and private donationsE Permit issued by SEMARNAT that allows protection, conservation and research of the females, nests and hatchlings. Part of the official and registered Camps in the State of Quintana Roo . Licensed yearly/report #SGPA/DGVS/02992/16 Permit

CAGUAMA 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 108 150 100 100 87 104 101 129 106 43 51 51 122 104 107 118 125 193 199 302 BLANCA 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 19 74 31 150 4 161 10 176 33 28 124 78 125 196 107 340 264 547 725 355

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Sea Turtle Protection Program

1993— CEA starts working on Sea Turtle conservation Non profit organization, funded by a board and private donationsE Permit issued by SEMARNAT that allows protection, conservation and research of the females, nests and hatchlings. Part of the official and registered Camps in the State of Quintana Roo . Licensed yearly/report #SGPA/DGVS/02992/16 Permit

CAGUAMA 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 108 150 100 100 87 104 101 129 106 43 51 51 122 104 107 118 125 193 199 302 BLANCA 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 19 74 31 150 4 161 10 176 33 28 124 78 125 196 107 340 264 547 725 355

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Sea Turtle Identification

Kikila

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Hawksbill

Loggerhead

Green

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Leatherback

Kemps Ridley

Olive Ridley

7 species in the world . 4 nest in Quintana Roo.

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[Audio] These are the first turtles up on the beaches of Akumal The Loggerhead lays close to the waters edge, they dig shallow and spend only around an hour completing nesting

Caretta Caretta

Loggerhead Caretta caretta

Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans Powerful jaws, they can eat, fish, crustaceans, crab, jellyfish, mollusks dive deep to get this food Sexually mature at 33 years old, +can reproduce several times in the season (May-Sept) 100-150 eggs per nest, temperature defines gender, average of 60 days to hatch Cold blooded Lungs—need to surface for air Life span up to 100 years Alternating flipper tracks

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Single bone in middle ear

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[Audio] The Green turtle comes up high on beach zones and is very particular of where she lays, sometimes spend over hour just scouting out location to complete nest-at times on the beach 3 hours These turtles love to dig DEEP and move a lot of sand. She may dig down 2' before starting to dig the camera( chamber). After completion she will hide the location of the nest by throwing sand as she makes her way back to sea.

Chelonia mydas

Blanca/Green Chelonia mydas

Tropical and subtropical regions, Australia, Mexico, India and Asia H atchlings are carnivores. At 3 years old they change their diet to vegetarian—eating algae or sea grass, consuming large quantities every day. Sexually mature at 15 years old, mates every 2 to 4 years (Jun-Oct) 100-200 eggs per nest, temperature defines gender, average of 60 days to hatch Cold blooded Lungs—need to surface for air Life span up to 80 years Parallel tracks—simultaneous movement of the fins

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Night Turtle Activity

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Before the season begins, all bays are divided every 100 meters to have better understanding of the nesting behavior. The night patrols that the staff do are mainly to locate a female turtle and to ensure she accomplishes her objective. Educational talks are given to staff security of hotels, condos and properties in front of the beaches.

The turtle looks for the best place to make her nest. She begins to level herself under and with her rear fins she will make her nest, where she will lay the eggs.

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Data collected by Tortuguero

Collecting Data After laying eggs, CEA staff will collect the following data: date, time, beach, nest number, length, width, tag ID, type of nest, (#eggs if necessarily) and any important observations (injury, disease, cut, etc) .

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In situ Relocated

Applying a tag

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TERMINOLOGY

Information will be passed out

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Do’s and Don’ts

Identification to be worn at all times Wear proper uniform while on duty No smoking on the beach in licensed Zonas Show up on time as scheduled or report to supervisor if you can’t make your shift Do not come to your shift after drinking-you will be sent home Do not bring friends or family members without approval

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Safety on the Beach

Be aware of your surroundings at all times Remember rocks can cause falls-proper shoes can help prevent broken toes and falls Have phone with you at all times Carry information cards with all security and emergency phone #’s

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What to say to Tourist’s

Hello-My name is _____, I am a voluntourist /volunteer with Centro Ecologico Akumal, and working with turtle protection on this licensed beach. It is turtle season now and there are some rules we request you follow. The beach is to be free of walking from 9p-5A, no white lights(flashlights or flash photography) are allowed, no smoking is allowed in turtle zones and noise must be kept to a minimum. The turtles and these requests are protected by Federal Law and punishable by Federal authorities. (next)

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Please stop by our office for more information on turtle walks, donations and how you can help enjoy the turtles. (If you encounter problems with drunk or confrontational people-do not argue, walk away from them and call your supervisor or security immediately. If you can take a picture of the person without issue, that is good for for security and policia )

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Future Training Seminars

Turtle Characterists and Habits Beach Walking-Morning and Night How to assist a Tortuguero How to fill out forms properly Collecting Turtle Data Properly Cleaning out a Nest