Sea turtle monitoring and conservation
Students take part in a project recognized around the world as a model for community based sea turtle conservation, learning about sea turtle ecology, and threats to the species and their habitat. Local fisher-conservationists will guide students through the monitoring protocol used to gather data. After the monitoring team traps sea turtles in drift nets, students will assist recording measurements and other data, before releasing the turtles back into the wild..
Gray whale observation
Students learn about the incredible gray whale migration, stretching more than 5,000 miles from the Arctic to the protected waters of Magdalena Bay where they mate and calve. Students will get the chance to hone their whale identification techniques on two excursions for whale observation, as well as learn about the research projects being conducted in the region.
Mangrove & sand dune ecology
RED’s sea turtle research camp is nestled into a strip of sand dunes that divides Magdalena and Almejas bays, and is bounded on either side by lush mangroves. Students will learn about the importance of these fragile ecosystems before hiking to the top of one of the highest dunes for hundreds of miles around. On an excursion through the mangrove canals, students will learn to identify the different species of mangrove, as well as the intricate web of life contained within.
Humans and nature – the fisheries of Magdalena Bay
Humans play an important role in Magdalena Bay, one of Mexico’s most productive fisheries. Students will learn about fisheries issues and projects focused on creating more sustainable fisheries in the region. They will then have the chance to meet local fishermen and to use artisanal fishing techniques.