Estacion Las Tortugas - Turtle Station
Stanley Rodríguez Méndez is a pioneering sea turtle conservationist in Costa Rica who’s been working for nearly 25 years to ensure the preservation of the Leatherback sea turtle. Since 1994, the EcoTeach Foundation has supported his efforts to protect critical nesting habitat at Estacion Las Tortugas on the Caribbean coast.
So fragile as hatchlings, fully grown turtles can average six feet long and weigh up to 1,000 lbs. Thanks to the assistance of the EcoTeach Foundation, Stanley and the other researches at his station have been able to tag nesting females which enables yearly population studies, transplant eggs to protected hatcheries, safely release hatchlings into the ocean, and patrol beaches in search of nesting turtles and hatchlings.
In 2004, in conjunction with the Foundation, Stanley created “Las Siete Quillas,” a sea turtle education center to inspire visiting travelers and local students to take action to protect the endangered species. Primary threats to the species include poaching, beachfront development, ocean pollution, poor fishing techniques and long-held cultural beliefs about the benefits of eating turtle eggs. His passion is educating local students about the majestic creatures, and discouraging the consumption of the eggs as their ancestors have done for generations.
Stanley’s work with sea turtles began in 1987, when he was a pioneering member of the first program on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast to help protect the critically endangered Leatherback sea turtle. He has patrolled beaches as part of the Demos Vida Project on the Atlantic coast, and spent three nesting seasons living in a tent, patrolling one-kilometer of beach along Playa Langosta.
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