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Babies' First Steps

VIDEO

Unforgettable footage of
baby sea turtles taking their
first steps!

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It's the journey of a lifetime— literally

Interactive Map

Find out what it takes to travel with a sea turtle.

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RICHARD HAMILTON

SCIENTIST

Meet Dr. Richard Hamilton, the man behind the science that drives our sea turtle conservation efforts.

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Turtle Lovers

Meet Sea Turtle Heroes

Learn about these fellow turtle lovers and then join the team.

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MARGARET
LOU-VIKE

LOCAL CONSERVATIONIST

Meet Margaret Lou-Vike, whose mission to protect the forests on which her children depend has inspired an entire community
to action.

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HAZEL
BOSETO

LOCAL CONSERVATIONIST

Meet Hazel Boseto. Like many grandmothers around the world, Hazel helps look after her grandchildren and grand-nieces and -nephews.

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DICKSON
Motui

CONSERVATIONIST

Meet Dickson Motui, one of the Arnavons' conservation officers, who is working to preserve one of the Pacific's greatest habitats.
 

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BRYAN

SUPPORTER

Meet Bryan, helping The Nature Conservancy preserve coral reefs and the creatures that depend on them.
 

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RICHARD
HAMILTON

SCIENTIST

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a marine scientist? Do you imagine it as a job full of diving in the ocean and playing with adorable baby marine critters? Well the truth may be even better than you’ve imagined. Meet Dr. Richard Hamilton, the man behind the science that drives our sea turtle conservation efforts. Learn about a day in his life and why you might want to consider a career in marine science.

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MARGARET
LOU-VIKE

LOCAL CONSERVATIONIST

Many Kia residents tend gardens in Barora Faa, where they grow the crops—swamp taros, cassavas, potatoes, coconuts and betel nuts—that end up on their dinner plates. It’s a sustainable lifestyle—but one that might not last much longer. At a time when many Solomon Islands communities have been pressured into selling their local land rights to timber companies, Barora Faa remains one of the country’s last portions of unlogged forest. And Margaret, who has become an environmental advocate through her work with The Nature Conservancy, is a crucial reason why.

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HAZEL
BOSETO

LOCAL CONSERVATIONIST

Meet Hazel Boseto and the community of Boe Boe. Like many grandmothers around the world, Hazel helps look after her grandchildren and grand-nieces and -nephews. Hazel is not just looking out to make sure they are safe, fed and educated; she also wants to make sure that their local resources will continue to sustain her family—and her village—for generations to come. Hazel and her husband—president of the Lauru Land Conference of Tribal Community in Choiseul—are conservation champions and have spent the better part of their lives trying to share their passion for looking after marine and forest resources.

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DICKSON
MOTUI

CONSERVATION OFFICER

Meet Dickson Motui, a Conservation Officer with the Arnavons Community Marine Conservation Area in the Solomon Islands. Dickson's home is Kia Village. Kia is one of three villages that united to protect the Arnavons and their incredible diversity of marine life. Much of Dickson's work consists of patrolling the Arnavons' waters, discouraging turtle poachers. Patrols sometimes lead to "rodeos," in which Dickson dives into the water to capture and tag a sea turtle. Believe Dickson when he says that hefting a 100-pound-plus sea turtle into the boat for tagging is no easy task.

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BRYAN

SUPPORTER

Meet Bryan, for his 11th birthday, Bryan asked friends and family to make a donation to The Nature Conservancy to help save the coral reefs instead of buying him presents. Bryan visited The Nature Conservancy to share the story of how he was motivated to help save the world.

INTERACTIVE
QUIZ

Test Yourself

Did you know hawksbills take 30 years to reach maturity? See how well you know sea turtles.

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HOME FOR
HAWKSBILL

TRAILER

The Arnavon Islands are among the hawksbill's last refuges. Nestled in a far corner of the Solomon Islands, the Arnavons have become one of the hawksbill's most important rookeries in the Pacific Ocean. Three rival tribes claim ownership of the islands, and their need for resources is threatening the very environment that sustains both them and the turtles.

Home for Hawksbill tells the remarkable story of how these tribes overcame cultural conflicts over land ownership to protect the islands and save the turtles. Their success has become a model for conservation and is inspiring action all over the world.

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HOME FOR
HAWKSBILL

FILM

Watch a documentary that reveals the explosive conflict.

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THE ARNAVONS

The Arnavon Islands contains the heart of Solomon Islands biodiversity and tells the story of an unlikely alliance between reformed poachers, turtle hunters, and arsonists.

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LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Just next door to the Arnavons sits a group of communities that’s changing the way Pacific Islands look
at conservation.
 

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CORAL TRIANGLE

The Arnavons - one of the Pacific's great conservation success stories and a safe haven for sea turtles within the Coral Triangle - home to the most diverse reefs on Earth.

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SAVING SEA TURTLES!

Help one of Earth's most beloved species make a comeback by joining our team of scientists, community conservationists and turtle-lovers today. Your donation may qualify you for a special gift—an adorable plush sea turtle.

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READ BLOG POSTS ABOUT SEA TURTLES

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Photo Credits: Bridget Besaw (video still) , TNC/ESRI (map), TNC (Rick Hamilton), Bridget Besaw (Margaret Lou), Kat Gawlik (Hazel Boseto and family), Bridget Besaw (Dickson Motui), TNC (Bryan), Bridget Besaw (Hawksbill sea turtle), Jordan Plotsky (Home for Hawksbill), Jordan Plotsky (Home for Hawksbill), Richard Hamilton/TNC (Choiseul Village celebration), Bridget Besaw (Kia Village), Bridget Besaw (Conservation Officers in the Arnavons), Jeff Yonover (Hawksbill Sea Turtle)

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