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Honduras launches new initiative to rescue the Moskitia Forest at COP28

Honduras launches new initiative to rescue the Moskitia Forest at COP28
(December 07, 2023)   -   The Honduran government has unveiled a transformative initiative this week at COP28 in Dubai to rescue and conserve the country’s largest forest, the Moskitia, which is one of Mesoamerica’s Five Great Forests and Central America’s second largest rainforest. The new initiative aims, in part, to put an end to deforestation and illegal cattle ranching in the Moskitia forest.

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The Jaguar in the biological corridor of the Forests of Mesoamerica. International Jaguar Day

(November 29, 2023)   -    Jaguar populations in Mesoamerica face critical threats. The destruction of their natural habitat, driven by illegal ranching and the trafficking of jaguar parts, endangers the survival of these majestic felines.

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Major Conservation Alliance Launches "More Trees, Fewer Cows" Initiative to safeguard the biological and cultural diversity of Mesoamerica

(October 10, 2023) New York, September 20, 2023 — In a joint effort to safeguard the biological and cultural diversity of the Mesoamerican region, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Re:wild, and the Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB) announced the "More Trees, Fewer Cows" initiative during Climate Week New York. This unprecedented alliance aims to raise awareness and take strong action against illegal cattle ranching activities in Indigenous territories and pro...

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Indigenous Women in the Moskitia lead conservation of nature and ancestral culture

Indigenous Women in the Moskitia lead conservation of nature and ancestral culture
(September 05, 2023)   -   On International Day of Indigenous Women, we emphasize the essential role of women in preserving nature and cultural heritage. Caren Lacoth, from the Mabita community in Honduras, shares her perspective on the importance of indigenous women in building homes and passing down traditions. As Moskitia confronts multiple challenges, indigenous communities are leading conservation efforts through collaborative projects.

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"Youth must ensure our future." International Youth Day.

"Youth must ensure our future." International Youth Day.
(August 12, 2023)   -   "The land is our heritage, and just as our ancestors have always conserved the land, young people must follow those steps to ensure our future." This is the message shared by Alonso Joseph, Secretary of the Regional Government of Indigenous Territories of Alto Wangky and Bocay, part of the Nicaraguan Moskitia, on International Youth Day.

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Record-breaking hawksbill nesting season in 2015!

Record-breaking hawksbill nesting season in 2015!
(February 05, 2016) As of January 2016, all of the nests from the 2015 season have hatched out and been excavated. We are happy to have completed another record-breaking season with 546 nests and an estimated 51,735 hatchings gone to sea. For clutches where at least one egg hatched, the hatching success (number of hatchlings to have exited their eggs) was 75.1% and the emerging success (the number of hatchlings that left the nest and presumably went to sea) was 74.6%. A detailed annual report will be published in t...

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Record Breaking Turtles!

Record Breaking Turtles!
(October 08, 2015) We are happy to report that our hawksbill turtles broke the record for the most nests laid in a single season in the last 16 years of the project! The previous record from 2014 of 475 nests was topped on September 24th, and as of October 6th we already have 506 nests! This is a significant increase since the first year of the project in 2000 where we recorded 154 nests. We are delighted to see the population bounce back, although there are many factors at play here (i.e. conditions 25-30 years a...

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Hatchlings, hatchlings, hatchlings!

Hatchlings, hatchlings, hatchlings!
(August 20, 2015) We have recently seen the start of the 2015 hawksbill hatchout season in the Pearl Cays! That means hundreds of little hatchlings have been working hard to climb out of their nests and start their long journey to the great big sea! We have so far excavated over 20 nests, with nest success rates between 46-93%. We expect tens of thousands more hatchlings to make their way to sea this season (~43,000 went in 2014), especially since the nest count continues to approach what we hope will be a new pr...

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WCS in the classroom leading sea turtle conservation education

WCS in the classroom leading sea turtle conservation education
(August 19, 2015) WCS has been active in the classroom! The Hawksbill Project Coordinator Laura Irvine and Hawksbill Project Field Supervisor William McCoy, in cooperation with Geri Mezzoni and Ryan Mintz from Peace Corps Nicaragua, visited classrooms of grades 3-9 at Bula Lightburn School Primary School (Pearl Lagoon), Pearl Lagoon Academy of Excellence, and Andreas Carlos Primary School (Haulover), in order to talk to children about the importance of sea turtle conservation. Over 300 local school children were ...

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2015 Nesting Season Begins

2015 Nesting Season Begins
(April 15, 2015) The 2015 season has already begun! We had our first hawksbill nest reported in the Pearl Cays on April 15th, almost a month earlier than the first nest reported last year. Our intensive monitoring season will start in June, but we will be making trips out to the cays to collect data on these early nesters.

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