Tales from an ARCAE research student

It has been an amazing adventure working with ARCAE this summer!  For a day on the job, I headed out on the 5am bus from the small town of Punta Banco, on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, right across from the tip of the Osa Peninsula, at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.  … Continue reading

Simple donation + small non-profit = big difference

The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network – ARCAE has been awarded a portable projector from the USA based biodiversity conservation non-profit Idea Wild.  ARCAE would like to take this opportunity to thank Idea Wild for this generous gift. A projector will be a crucial piece of equipment for ARCAE’s educational and scientific presentations along … Continue reading

Working together–Improving the Oceans

Jon and Jose plug coordinates into the GPS during one of the project's marine survey boat trips in February.

ARCAE (The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network) volunteer Jon Schrank (USA) teaches Jose Cortez — a local sea turtle expert from Punta Banco, Costa Rica — how to use a GPS in order to mark the positions of marine fauna they observe during a visual census of the mouth of the Gulfo Dulce along Costa … Continue reading

The most rewarding opportunities on the planet

What’s wrong with this sea turtle hatchling picture?

So, what’s wrong with this sea turtle hatchling picture? First some background: On February 26, 2012, 79 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) hatched in Punta Banco, Costa Rica. They were released by Jose Cortez, a local sea turtle naturalist, and photographed by a volunteer of the Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network—ARCAE.  Green sea turtles are … Continue reading