(Top image: Carlos controls shade construction)
The longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere has passed and from now on the nights get longer and the days warmer. In response, the turtles have begun to return from their foraging grounds in West Africa ready to nest in the warm sands of Boa Vista. The camps are up in anticipation, but for the most part, the nights are still quiet, the season has yet to begin, and at least for now, we wait.
The preparations over the last year are beginning to come to fruition, and typically all at the same time! Last week saw the container with equipment from Germany reach Boa Vista on the same day as the one from Praia full of food supplies! All 3 camps were put up, and the first interns and rangers moved in. Ukie (the logistics and operations coordinator) returned from organising supplies in Praia and the previous project manager – Christian, is also back on the island. (Even little Diegom, the bold puppy that has been living in the office, since he was left there, found a family in the village of Fundo das Figueiras during an outreach event!).
As part of the month-long celebrations for World Kids and Environment day, World Ocean Day and International Sea Turtle Day, the outreach and education team has been particularly busy. Along with the Camara Municipal de Boa Vista and other NGOs, we have been running educational events in communities around the island. It has been a great chance to speak to the children, show them some of the marine life that exists around Boa Vista, and get them excited about marine ecology and the importance of the environment.