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Help Us Meet Our Goals In Belize

By Wayne Sentman

Our Blackbird Caye Field Station in Turneffe Atoll, Belize. © Sylvia Earle
Dolphins, sea turtles, manatees, and other threatened species rely on the diverse habitats of Turneffe Atoll, Belize. So do thousands of people.

That's why we committed to protecting Turneffe more than 20 years ago by establishing the Oceanic Society Blackbird Caye Field Station.

Thanks to the support of people like you, we built a facility that has fostered invaluable long-term research, supported a sustainable economy, and provided first-hand learning opportunities for thousands of students and travelers. Moreover, we contributed to the establishment of Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve in 2012, which will help preserve the Atoll for decades to come.

Today, your support is needed again to help us continue our marine research and education programs.

The costs of operating the field station and conducting marine research are substantial. While we are able to cover most of our daily operating costs through volunteer and traveler fees, additional support is needed to make our research and education programs possible.

Your support will allow us to make investments in the continued development of student and research programs, along with the essential equipment, technology, and infrastructure that they rely on.

We've just launched a campaign on Indiegogo to help us meet our summer fundraising goals. Please help us meet our goal of $10,000 with a donation today, and select from among the many "perks" we are offering. Every donation makes a difference!

Author

Wayne Sentman is our director of conservation travel programs and an Oceanic Society naturalist since 1998. He is an experienced guide with a diverse background in marine mammal, seabird, and marine debris research. Wayne also co-teaches undergraduate field programs in Kenya on human-wildlife conflict and on the use of social media and art to raise public participation in conservation. He recently received a Master's in Environmental Management from Harvard University.