Help Save the Turtles!

Posted by Adam McGeehan on Oct 11, 2016 6:38:55 PM

Gran Pacifica is committed to helping the environment. There are many programs put into place to achieve this goal. For one thing, “black water” is treated and then used to irrigate the golf course. We also have a sewer system in place which collects storm water, 40% of which is directed into infiltration pits where it is absorbed into the earth. The rest is sent to the golf course where it is used for ponding and irrigation.

 

GP_Turtles_pic_1_eggs-1.jpgIn addition, major reforestation projects have been put into place both on the grounds of Gran Pacifica, and in the surrounding areas. Thousands of trees have been planted and grown from seed, some left on the property to replace the deforestation that occurred prior to Gran Pacifica’s ownership of the land, others being transplanted to surrounding areas to combat deforestation there.

And of course, there is the Milagro Verde community already in place at Gran Pacifica. This established and growing community consists of homes that are designed to be green. They employ solar panels and designs which utilize the ocean winds to keep the homes naturally cool. Some homes in Milagro Verde are completely self-sustaining! 

The latest green endeavor of Gran Pacifica, which is being coordinated in conjuncture with the philanthropic organization Help Them Help Themselves, is to protect and promote the health of local turtle populations. This is a program that has been going on for several years, and it is now that time of year once again. Specifically, Olive Ridley and Leatherback giant sea turtles are being helped. Both of these turtles are considered “vulnerable and threatened” populations, and as such, it is of great importance to protect them.

Gran Pacifica and Help Them Help Themselves want to promote as much help for these turtles as possible, that is why Gran Pacifica is offering an exclusive deal for those who are interested in coming down and aiding these turtle populations. Volunteers will spend time counting the turtles, relocating the eggs into our sanctuary, and doing a few nightly beach patrols. When they are not doing this, they will be relaxing at the beautiful and luxurious Gran Pacifica Beach and Golf Resort.

The package is available during the months of October and November. This is the nesting season, and the time when the turtles need the most attention. The eggs are vulnerable to predators during this time, and the hatchlings are as well vulnerable during their journey from beach to ocean. This is why volunteers are so important.
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There are relatively few beaches that these turtles nest in, and therefore a disruption in even just one beach nesting area can be catastrophic to the entire population. This in turn will have negative effects on all of the oceanic environments of which the turtles are a part.

We’re excited to be supporting this wonderful work, and look forward to seeing you down here!

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Adam McGeehan

Written by Adam McGeehan

Adam is a recent graduate of Allegheny College. There he majored in Economics with a minor in Spanish. He has always been interested in traveling abroad and is thrilled to have recently taken up residence in Managua, Nicaragua to work as an intern for ECI Development. He is excited to take in all of the culture of this wondrous nation.

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