Our work is inspired by the guiding principles of sustainability.
Develop and implement programs that promote a unified and sustainable community.
Sustainable Development and Tourism
Inspire people to live a sustainable lifestyle to protect the future of sea turtles and other wildlife.
Promote a healthy balance of social, environmental, and economic interests.
Successful conservation is dependent on us making the change to a sustainable lifestyle, where a harmonious balance of social, environmental and economic interests exists.
Our strategy to ensure a sustainable future for the
Ostional Refuge and Nosara focuses on the following key areas:
Operate a sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation facility
Support the management objectives of protected areas and their buffer zones
Lead an participate in marine and terrestrial wildlife and habitat protection and restoration initiatives
THOUSANDS OF TURTLES TOURS
Sustainable Tourism - Wildlife Conservation
Our goal is to minimize the impact of tourism on sea turtles and other wildlife by providing awe-inspiring educational experiences and implementing sustainable tourism practices.
We achieve this through a unique collaboration with the Refuge administration, local guides and other organizations that share our view. All revenue is reinvested in promoting sustainable practices, scientific research and conservation initiatives in the area.
NOSARA SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PLATFORM
Sustainable Tourism - Community Outreach
This initiative aims to develop a plan for sustainable tourism in Nosara, facilitating dialogue between tourism agents in the area to establish common goals for sustainable tourism. This process, lead by a facilitator who conducted a stakeholders analysis and workshop discussions, ended with the creation of a Chamber of Tourism that enables effective communication between the tourism sector of Nosara and the Refuge administration.
TORTUGUIONES: Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Education - Community Outreach - Wildlife Conservation
A community- and volunteer-based sea turtle conservation project in the Guiones Sector of the Ostional National Wildlife Refuge established to protect sea turtles and their habitat within this part of the Refuge. Our goal is to develop and implement outreach and educational materials on sea turtle biology and conservation, bringing science to the community and engaging them as citizen scientists to collect data on sea turtle nesting activity.
NOSARA WATER QUALITY MONITORING
Research - Education - Community Outreach
This program monitors water quality in recreational marine waters using bacterial indicators. The goal is to provide water quality information to the public on a weekly basis year-round to inform safe beach going and aquatic recreation and increase awareness about water quality issues in the area. After the initial year, the program will continue long-term as a volunteer-run citizen science project.
EXPLORING SEA TURTLE BEHAVIOR UNDERWATER
Research - Wildlife Conservation
We know very little about what sea turtles do out at sea prior to and following nesting. Using underwater equipment, we can learn a lot!
We use two different methodologies to capture underwater footage and analyze behavioral patterns. First, attaching a camera to the carapace of sea turtles and second, using an underwater drone to study the behavior of olive ridley sea turtles aggregating nearshore.
This footage is extremely important to understand this behavior but it can also be used to develop and implement educational materials to raise awareness and protect the species.
CREATING A BIODIVERSITY MAP OF NOSARA
Research - Wildlife Conservation - Sustainable Development
This research study combines citizen science and rapid biodiversity assessments to evaluate and visualize the biodiversity in Nosara.
Our main goal is to help people in the area make better-educated decisions to minimize the impact of development by offering a freely-accessible, interactive map that visualizes wildlife, protected areas and development.
Along with our Research Team efforts, the involvement of the community plays a key role in this program and we are working with them to promote and encourage people to use iNaturalist to report wildlife sightings and continue feeding our database.