Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, STCB offers a free public presentation: 'Sea Turtles of Bonaire'. The presentation promises to provide everything you wish to know about Bonaire's endangered sea turtles. Some of the topics that we'll discuss include where to see sea turtles, how they live, what they eat, how they reproduce and how you can help! We hope to see you there!
Where: Yellow Submarine Rooftop, Dive Friends Bonaire, Kaya Playa Lechi; When: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, 8PM - 9PM
Adopt-A-Nest With Your Company
Every year Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire staff and trained volunteers monitor the safety of approximately 100 endangered sea turtle nests. Since we cannot do this without the support of others, we kindly invite companies to adopt an endangered sea turtle nest. A nest adoption by your company will help us to relocate nests that are in danger of drowning; to rescue newborn turtles that become wrapped in roots during hatching; to sustain the popular Beachkeeper program; and to collect data that will help STCB to increase our nest protection in the future, as well as reveal the health status of Bonaire’s sea turtles. One nest adoption will cost $600 and in return your company will achieve increased visibility and awareness by demonstrating your commitment to Bonaire’s wildlife.
Please share this information with your friends, family and colleagues, so that we can protect as many turtles as possible! For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+599) 717 2225.
The Blue Bottle: Free Drinking Water!
Sea Turtle Conservation is partnering with The Blue Bottle Bonaire to decrease the use of plastic bottles on Bonaire. Our office on Kaya Korona will be one of the water points where you can refill your Blue Bottle.
The Blue Bottle Company has developed a stainless steel bottle that keeps your water cool for at least 12 hours. From December onwards, residents and visitors can buy the Blue Bottle at various locations on Bonaire and refill their bottle for free at 40 water points across the island, including the STCB office.
Five percent from the sale of each Blue Bottle goes to local organisations. The first year, Blue Bottle will support the following organisations: Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Animal Shelter, the Donkey Sanctuary, Echo Bonaire and Fundashon Kunuku Kakelvers.
Sue, STCB's Project Coordinator, recently conducted a teaching trip to Saba for the Sea & Learn Foundation. This month-long event has been running since 2003, throughout the month of October, and every other night a dynamic large screen presentation is provided by one of the invited Experts. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire was represented by Dr. Sue Willis and, as well as giving an evening presentation, she provided two teaching activities with local school classes to help them to learn the value of Saba's nature and it's importance to the region.
Local adults and visiting tourists were also invited to join Sue in the field, where she ran two snorkel surveys, counting and assessing the habitat for sea turtles. Sue was particularly impressed by the level of knowledge of many of the (young) people that she met on Saba and she found the week very inspiring.
DierenLot Animal Rescue Vehicle
Last month, on behalf of Stichting DierenLot, Managing Director Peter Helmer handed over DierenLot Animal Rescue Vehicles to Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Fundashon Kunuku Kakelvers and Animal Shelter Bonaire! STCB will be using our new truck, which even has orange flashing lights (!), for fieldwork activities, including nest monitoring patrols, in-water surveys, clean-ups and to rescue turtles in trouble. Thank you DierenLot!
Ecological Restoration Sorobon
In October, together with the openbaar lichaam Bonaire and WILDCONSCIENCE, STCB continued its efforts to protect Bonaire’s wildlife by organizing a large clean-up of the Sorobon mangrove forests, and by placing natural barriers around Sorobon parking lots as well as informative signs. These activities form part of a wider ecological restoration project, which is coordinated by the openbaar lichaam Bonaire and funded with the so-called ‘natuurgelden’ made available by the Dutch government.
Will you join Adopt-A-Nest 2017 and work together with us to protect Bonaire's sea turtles? For more information, please have a look at our website or send an email to email@example.com.