Leatherback sea turtle/Tinglar. Image: Al Woodson, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Vacancy: Sea turtle field volunteers, Puerto Rico

Amigos de las Tortugas Marinas (ATMAR), a community-based turtle conservation organization in Puerto Rico, is seeking volunteers to assist with monitoring leatherback and hawksbill turtles during the 2018 nesting season (May to August): ATMAR sea turtle conservation project consists of monitoring and patrolling the beaches during the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) …

Hawksbill turtle, Barbados. Image credit: Meg Stewart.

Vacancy: Hawksbill Turtle Monitoring Field Volunteers, Barbados

The Barbados Sea Turtle Project is seeking field volunteers to assist in their long-running hawksbill turtle monitoring programme: The duties of volunteers vary based on their assignment to either Night or Day Patrol teams. Night Patrol Duties: You will be required to patrol beaches along the south and west coasts …


Vacancy: Buck Island Sea Turtle Research Program Research Assistant, USVI

Buck Island Reef, a US National Monument in the Virgin Islands, is inviting applications for the internship position of Sea Turtle Research Assistant: Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM), located on the island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, is seeking applicants for the position of Sea Turtle Research Assistant …

American researcher David Sherman in Cuba. Image via University of Michigan

US-Cuba collaboration on marine natural products research

From the University of Michigan, a story of research collaboration between scientists from the USA and Cuba.  American researcher David Sherman, supported by graduate student Amy Fraley, specializes in research into natural products, and has been building relationship with scientists in Cuba: Sherman’s research program studies the complex biological compounds …

Len Peters, turtle conservationist. Image via Points of Light

Trinidad and Tobago turtle conservationist receives Commonwealth Point of Light award

Turtle conservationist Len Peters is the recipient of the first Commonwealth Points of Light award, in honour of his exceptional voluntary service protecting endangered turtle species: Len Peters, representing Trinidad and Tobago, is a turtle conservationist and chairman of the ‘Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association’ who protects 20,000 turtle …

World Wetlands Day 2018. Image via worldwetlandsday.org

World Wetlands Day 2018

February 2 is World Wetlands Day. The day is an annual celebration of the entry into force of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and provides a special opportunity to raise awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. The theme of World Wetlands Day 2018 is Urban wetlands making cities livable. …

Gaiac tree, St. Maarten. Image credit: Mark Yokoyama.

After Irma: stories from St. Maarten of how nature recovers after a hurricane

Over at Les Fruits de Mers, Mark Yokoyama is writing wonderful and thought-provoking articles about how nature in St. Martin is recovering, and changing, in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Here’s an excerpt: A hurricane brings us closer to nature in many ways, both big and small. The storm itself …