How You Can Make a Difference

How YOU Can Make a Difference:

 

You don’t have to be here in person to make a difference. Even virtual tourists can help by donating (see below). See what amazing work your donation could do to help La Tortuga Verde with conservation.

 Children and adults learn about the turtles, together we're helping to save an endangered species.

The “Hatch & Release” Program and “Save a Momma” Program

-Liberating newborn sea turtles and supporting injured adult sea turtles – We will post progress on our Facebook and email you!

  1. For $30 you can buy and liberate 120 baby turtles.
  2. Save the turtles for one day for $30, one week for $210, one month for $900, and all season for $3600!
  3. Or support a volunteer to reach out and help for one month for $300
  4. *We have about 4 months of possibilities of buying about 100-200 eggs a night and saving them from being eaten. (yes it is illegal, but we need can help first by buying as many as we can) 1 day equals a $30 donation – 1 week equals a $210 – 1 month equals $900! – 4 months $3600.

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Find out why we are big into conservation at La Tortuga Verde here. – Want to Volunteer? go here->

 

The “One Day You’ll Fly” Program

-Saving Free Flying Seabirds-

  1. For $200 you can return 1 injured sea bird to flight.  We will post progress on our Facebook and email you! (Over 25 birds saved and counting, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, egrets and more)

 The “No Coconut Left Behind” Program

-Reforesting Coconut Tree Plantations

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  1. For $25 you can plant 250 baby coconut trees

 

The “Mangrove Preservation” Program

-Preserving Untouched Mangrove Wilderness- believe us, it needs our help. This ecosystem saves human lives as well as many many animal and plant lives. Come visit to see your efforts!
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  1. For $300 you can protect the mangrove trees for 1 month

 

 

 

Saving Free Flying Seabirds

The “One Day You’ll Fly” Program:

Tom feeding our one winged pelican Albert.

One day I dropped a large sea turtle that came into the facility sick and barely moving into the giant live saltwater fish tank that we use to keep the fresh fish alive which is the food source for the sea birds in rehabilitation. At that time we had 2 pelicans in residency. Bill and Funghi who had become good friends during the 3 months of their rehabilitation. After 3 months Funghi clearly appeared to me that he was ready to fly and that he was just hanging around for the free food while Bill was clearly still on the mend. The next morning Funghi sensed that the food source had dried up “bigtime” and started to walk toward the beach as Bill followed. Funghi spread his wings and took flight as Bill followed however as Funghi disappeared into the horizon Bill fell into the sea about 100 meters out from La Tortuga. I paddled out into the ocean on my surfboard to retrieve Bill and said to him………..

“ONE DAY YOU”LL FLY… BUT TODAY IS NOT YOUR DAY”

It was at that moment the One Day You’ll Fly Program was born.

If you would like to help us return a free flying sea bird back into flight you can sponsor the rehabilitation of an injured sea bird and we promise to send you photos of the bird you sponsor and photos of your bird with the many people who visit the resort and enjoy the bird you are sponsoring throughout its stay with us. Fresh fish are 25 cents each and the sea bird eats about 8 fish per day. The average rehabilitation period to return a free flying seabird back into flight is about 100 days and so a donation of $200 will get you a One Day You’ll Fly T-Shirt and a video of the sea bird you are saving . Lesser donations in any amount are appreciated as well.

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Memory of Albert VIDEO LINK will be HERE!!!

Planting New Coconut Trees

The “No Coconut Left Behind” ProgramBuilt on an old coconut plantation La Tortuga Verde is covered in cocnut trees, growing fresh coconuts for every day enjoyment!

When I first came to the tiny fishing village of Playa El Esteron I learned that no one drinks the milk or eats the fruit from brown coconuts. Go Figure? I didn’t understand why because I was born in Miami Beach, Florida where I would come across and break open brown coconuts everyday on my way to elementary school. Esteron was literally drowning in brown coconuts “basura” garbage along with the garbage from the green coconuts that everyone loved. Then one day I went to Isla de Mandez in the Gulf of Jicalisco where the entire island is dedicated to the cultivation of brown coconuts that they turn into machine grade coconut oil. WOW.. I thought!!! Esteron and Isla de Mendez should kind of meet and work out some kind of deal to turn trash into money!!! Although I wasn’t able to put that deal together the experience inspired me to come up with the No Coconut Left Behind Program where we purchase all the brown coconuts we can from the local villagers for 10 cents apiece and replant them in out coconut vivero. No with the value of brown coconuts almost equal to that of green coconuts the village of Esteron is no longer making garbage… it’s making money and greening the planet at the same time. I’ve tried to educate the villagers to the fact that they could plant the trees themselves in their own vivero and sell them a year later for $1 as a small coconut tree but unfortunately I wasn’t able to sell that deal either. There’s just something cool about seeing an almost dried-up coconut yearning to become a tree sprout and reach for the sky!!

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Preserving the Mangrove Trees **

The “Mangrove Preservation” Program

 Appreciate the lush greenery of the mangrove ecosystem.

If you came to La Tortuga Verde and asked me what would be the most important thing for me as a eco-conscious visitor to see or do given only a short 2 hour window of opportunity I would hands down say it would be the boat trip up the mangrove river. The boat trip takes as little as an hour if we pick up the pace and speed you through the experience and lasts a lifetime if you have a connection with the planet we live on or the air we breath.

 

And even if you zipped through the experience you would leave the mangrove altered and almost in tears because when you see that this is one of the most beautiful places on the planet disappearing right in front of your eyes and smell one of the most important vegetation areas in the country evaporating right in front of your nose you will say to yourself there could be no higher calling in life but for ALL OF US to work together and preserve this cornerstone of the planet.

 

Although protecting the natural fauna that live in the mangrove is extremely important as well I believe protecting their natural habitat is more important than all of the other efforts of the La Tortuga Verde Family combined. This is a must and we must unite now in our effort because “evil forces are at hand” and there is no time to spare. Unlike the Hatch and Release program which saves many turtles as many others die the Mangrove Preservation program is extremely important as the Mangrove area in question is slated for Complete and Utter Annihilation within the next few years. The government of El Salvador simply doesn’t have the resources to stop developers and poachers from “clear cutting” all of the magnificent trees in the mangrove. Given no government intervention the financial rewards to those that disregard the laws of preservation are so great that the idea of loosing this habitat forever is the only game in town. We La Tortuga Verde would gladly donate our boat to police the area but we lack the funds to put the boat into service. $10 a day would pay for the gas to send the boat up the river with the local Police force on board to stop the destruction.

The green area with the river running through is the area in question:

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