Isla de Culebra
P. O. Box 750, Culebra, PR 00775
Thank you very much for your interest in volunteering with the Culebra
Sea Turtle Nesting Project.
Group participation is limited to 10 persons per night.
Kids must be over 10 years of age. For every four participating minors,
there must be one adult. All off island participants must confirm
lodging on Culebra for the night of their excursion.
Off island groups are required to send a refundable
deposit of $20.00 to CORALations to secure their reservation. The
deposit check will be returned to you on the night of your excursion.
If the group does not show, the deposit will be treated as a donation
to the project. You will receive an email confirming your reservations
when the check has been received.
This year there is no federal funding for the community
and volunteer component of the project. Therefore, we are asking for
donations to cover the cost of the trained technicians responsible
for orientation of the volunteers and conducting the excursions. Suggested
donations are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students 13 and under.
All donations are per person per night, and are tax deductible. Your
participation is valued as a contribution toward the collection of
critical nesting data on the endangered Giant Leatherback Sea Turtles
(Dermochelys coriacea) on Culebra.
We need to know the following information for participants:
All Participants Must Understand the Following:
As a volunteer, your responsibilities are to assist
the technologists working for the Department of Natural and Environmental
Resources (DNER) of Puerto Rico by patrolling a nesting beach. You
must be in GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION for this activity. The hike
to the beach is steep and challenging. This is an ALL NIGHT
excursion, leaving at sunset and returning at sunrise. To minimize
disturbance to the nesting sea turtles, IT IS IMPORTANT YOU FOLLOW
ALL INSTRUCTIONS. Failure to follow all instructions may result
in the immediate termination of the excursion.
Everyone Must Have:
Group Leaders please bring your own First Aid Kit
What to Do:
Please recognize that if it rains earlier in the day
of your scheduled excursion, the trip may be cancelled at the discretion
of the DNER due to safety concerns. You must be aware that it could
rain or storm after you arrive on the beach at night. PLEASE, NO
WHITE LIGHT, FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY, or RADIOS WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BEACH.
You can use a red filtered flashlight for data collection. Create
filter by securing red saran wrap over the lens of your flashlight
with a rubber band. Red saran wrap can be found in auto repair stores.
What to Expect on the Beach:
CORALations: 1-877CORAL 1-877-77(2-6725)
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