Friday, August 05, 2011
In March of 2010, I was lucky enough to co-lead a Wilderness Volunteers trip to Halape beach in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We backpacked about 8 miles in over some fantastic lava down to the coast line and spent a week removing invasive vines and trees. These trees/vines have been creeping in further every year and are significantly reducing the available real estate on the beach for the mother turtles to nest (not to mention keeping the tiny babies from reaching the ocean after they hatch).
They are estimating that 4000 baby turtles made it to the ocean.
I'm proud to have been a part of this fantastic work project and greatful that Wilderness Volunteers made it possible.