April 6, 2024
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Turtle Nesting Season Begins in Tulum and the Riviera Maya

TULUM, Quintana Roo – Eco-Bahía Ecological Foundation, promoted by Bahia Principe Hoteles & Resorts and operating in Mexico for over 20 years, celebrated the “Turtle Day” with an emotional ceremony marking the official start of the sea turtle nesting season in the region. In addition, they commemorated this important day by conducting environmental education activities with the students of Matilde Montoya School.

At five o’clock in the afternoon, the nesting ceremony began at “Aventuras DIF” beach. The attendees witnessed the creation of a loggerhead turtle sand sculpture, a masterpiece that took artist Fred Balam Art over 8 hours of work to complete. Fred Balam Art received recognition for his outstanding contribution to ecological awareness and the protection of these endangered and critically important species.

Turtle Nesting Season Begins in Tulum and the Riviera Maya

The Maya Community Center “Otoch Paal” participated in the ceremony, and preschool children, dressed in their traditional attire, performed a Maya song in honor of the sea turtles. The event concluded with a Mayan ritual, in which all present, including guests, residents of Tulum Country Club, and special guests from the “Otoch Pall” community center, offered flowers to wish great success for this season.

“We are thrilled to begin the sea turtle nesting season in 2023, a year filled with new challenges. Following our standard procedures for the protection of this species, we hope to achieve a spectacular season closure in October, with the participation of the Foundation and the entire community,” said Yuritzi Espino, Manager of the Eco-Bahia Ecological Foundation.

Successful results from the previous season.

Turtle Nesting Season Begins in Tulum and the Riviera Maya

The sea turtle conservation program of the Eco-Bahia Ecological Foundation achieved successful results in the previous season. A total of 1,621 nests of Loggerhead and Green turtles (locally known as Blanca) were protected, and 146,969 hatchlings were released. Aventuras DIF Beach stands out as the most important nesting site for turtles.

According to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the sea turtle nesting season begins in May and ends in November. The incubation period lasts from 6 to 8 weeks, so from July to November, it is the time for hatching and release of the turtles.

The efforts of the Eco-Bahia Ecological Foundation have been instrumental in preserving and protecting these magnificent creatures. The organization has implemented various measures to ensure the survival of sea turtles and educate the local community about their importance.

Turtle Nesting Season Begins in Tulum and the Riviera Maya

Throughout the nesting season, trained volunteers and staff patrol the beaches to identify and protect sea turtle nests. They carefully mark each nest and set up protective barriers to prevent disturbances. Additionally, they conduct regular monitoring to ensure the safety of the eggs and the hatching process.

The Eco-Bahia Ecological Foundation also works closely with local schools, such as Matilde Montoya School, to raise awareness among students about the significance of sea turtle conservation. Environmental education activities are organized to teach children about the life cycle of turtles, their habitats, and the threats they face. By fostering a sense of responsibility and empathy towards these creatures from a young age, the foundation aims to create a future generation of environmental stewards.

Turtle Nesting Season Begins in Tulum and the Riviera Maya

In addition to their conservation efforts, the foundation actively collaborates with governmental organizations and other environmental groups to develop and implement policies that protect sea turtles and their habitats. By advocating for stricter regulations, they aim to ensure the long-term survival of these magnificent creatures.

The success of the Eco-Bahia Ecological Foundation’s sea turtle conservation program is a testament to their dedication and commitment. Their achievements in protecting and releasing thousands of hatchlings each year have made a significant contribution to the preservation of these endangered species.

Turtle Nesting Season Begins in Tulum and the Riviera Maya

The nesting season of sea turtles is not only a critical period for their survival but also an opportunity for the local community and tourists to witness the marvels of nature. Visitors to the region are encouraged to join guided tours and educational programs offered by the foundation to learn more about these ancient creatures and contribute to their protection.

As the nesting season begins, the Eco-Bahia Ecological Foundation and its partners are optimistic about the positive impact they can make in preserving the sea turtles of the region. Through their collective efforts, they strive to ensure that these remarkable creatures continue to grace the shores of Mexico for generations to come.

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