Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A call to help: Support Community Based Sea Turtle Conservation & UCSD Research

Hello friends of San Diego Sea Turtles,

I'm writing today to share with you a short video which I've put together in an effort to raise funds for the non-profit organization which is essential to my research I'm doing for my PhD at UCSD: Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias (GTC). For the past year, and for the next 4 years, members of GTC are actively collecting sea turtle samples for my research - and this is my effort to support the hard work they are doing in this partnership with me. Consider this a grassroots-D.I.Y. crowd-sourcing project!  (All the benefit - none of the overhead middleman costs!)

Grupo Tortuguero is based in Baja, Mexico and is part of The Ocean Foundation. GTC is a non-profit organization comprised of scientists, researchers, students, fishermen/women, and volunteers, and is pivotal to the success of my research.  While I work in the lab at UCSD and at NOAA in San Diego - my partners in Baja are monitoring beaches and lagoons and providing me with samples which I use to answer important conservation research questions. At the core, Grupo Tortuguero is a collective of citizen scientists and engaged community members - a truly remarkable example of community based conservation.

My fundraising goal is $3,000 - but if I were to dream big, I'd hope to raise $5,000 - and I do like to dream big! And the best part is, that all of the funds we raise go directly to Grupo Tortuguero.

(Some images obtained under NMFS Permit #1591)
I would be grateful if after you watch this short video - you might also share this note and the video with your own friends who might also like to pitch in. Please pass this on to other colleagues, friends and family. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated. 
"Never doubt that a small group 
of thoughtful, committed citizens 
can change the world; 
indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." 
- Margaret Mead

Please watch the below video to learn more about how you can help support this research.
Or you may view the video directly at YouTube:

To donate, visit:
   To help us track donations raised for this project, please comment "Humerus Project" in the "Other Purposes" box on the donate page.

All donations are tax deductible, and all donors will be acknowledged at my blog, San Diego Sea Turtles, at all research presentations, and in publications resulting from this research. (Simply make a note when you donate if you'd prefer your donation to remain anonymous.)

Thank you for your time and thank you for considering donating to this project.



Cali (center) with Victor de la Toba (left) and Dr. Hoyt Peckham (right) at a key field site, Playa San Lazaro in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Peckham and de la Toba are just two of the many partners who will benefit from the funds raised for Grupo Tortuguero.