Sea Turtle Tagging Course in Costa Rica

February 1st, 2005 by Adam

Turtle Tagging Course in Costa Rica
July 2-10, 2005

Join co-instructors, Mary Ann McGarry, Center for The
Environment at Plymouth State University
, Plymouth,
N.H., and Abby Manahan, Community
Education Scientist with the Bigelow Laboratory
for Ocean Sciences
in Maine, for a travel study, sea
turtle tagging course in Costa Rica, July 2 –10,
2005 .

This is a unique opportunity for natural resource
specialists, environmental educators, teachers, and
science graduate students who care about the fate of the
oceans and conservation of tropical ecosystems and
endangered species. Participants will work alongside
scientists from the Caribbean Conservation Corps – the
leading authority on sea turtle conservation – to monitor
the green sea turtles on their famed nesting grounds at Tortuguero
National Park
on the Atlantic Coast in Costa Rica.
Holbrook Travel, which specializes in educational travel
adventures, has helped us organize the trip. Visit
Holbrook via the internet at
and click on Caribbean Conservation Corporation.

Educational connections will be made
between: biodiversity, sustainable development,
rainforest ecology, conservation biology, field data
collection, and stewardship in the internet age. To
appreciate the importance of this journey, you might want
to read Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea
Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean
by Osha
Gray Davidson, and/or The Windward Road by
Archie Carr.

Itinerary highlights include:

  • Assisting veteran researchers with sea turtle
    nest monitoring and beach patrols
  • Exploring majestic rainforests and learn about
    rainforest ecology and wildlife
  • Visiting the remote Cano Palma Field Station and
    learn about current conservation activities
  • Contributing to field research projects and
    dynamic community-based conservation programs
    with measurable results.

    Before moving to Plymouth State
    in the fall of 2004, Mary Ann
    McGarry had taught marine science methods in the
    University of Maine system since 1989. She has
    worked in environmental education since designing
    a special major in the field as an undergraduate
    at Dartmouth College. She earned her doctorate in
    science education from the University of Maine
    and has specialized in water resource outreach
    for the last 10 years. Mary Ann’s team-developed
    educational programs have received state,
    regional and international awards. She became
    interested in sea turtle conservation after
    completing a fellowship on the island of Cyprus,
    in 2001.

    Abby Manahan, in her current position with the
    Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science in West
    Boothbay, Maine, serves as a liaison between
    Bigelow’s research scientists and the
    general public, assisting educators with ocean
    science resources. She also designs marine based
    web content and curricular material. Abby has a
    B.S. in Biology and a M.Ed. in Science Education,
    both from the University of Maine. She served as
    Director of the Marine Resources Aquarium for the
    Maine Department of Marine Resources from

    Land cost to each student is $1,495 (plus a
    mandatory fee of $25) which includes food,
    accommodations at the field research station and
    in-country travel for the duration of the stay.
    The cost of airfare is not yet determined. Three graduate
    through Plymouth State University are
    available for a total of $385. Graduate students
    will be required to develop and share in a
    collaborative follow-up internet
    research/outreach project upon return from Costa
    Rica. Dynamic, engaging curricular activities and
    resources about sea turtles will be shared with
    all participants. In order to obtain a discounted
    group rate, we are encouraging everyone to fly
    roundtrip together from Boston July 2-10.

    For more information, an interview, registration
    details, and a payment/deposit schedule for the
    trip contact: Mary
    Ann McGarry
    , ( 603) 535-3209; Plymouth State
    University, MSC #63, 213 Boyd Science Center,
    Plymouth, N.H. 03264.