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  • Writer's pictureCari Mackey

The cutest little turtle named Lemon.

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

Nature: the natural, physical, or material world or universe. Isn't it so much more than that?

I love the little turtle in that video; so adorable. They are even cuter in real life and so small, it's a wonder they can make it into the rough and tumble surf mere minutes after hatching. It's easy to fall in love with these little guys as you cheer them on while they scurry their way to the ocean. It's what we do naturally with animals and nature; we deeply connect and we fall head over heels in love because we can't exist without them. Falling in love with an animal facing extinction really pulls on your heart strings and can feel hopeless. But that connection is what has saved so many animals on the brink of extinction or critical status because we have figured out ways to help them and didn't give up.  During this "Great Pause," we have had more time to assist FUNDAT - our local Turtle Conservation Center with morning patrols, hiding nests from predators, and beach cleaning. It feels great to help but it also brings to light what a difference we can make if we combine forces.

This photo shows just how far and how much effort it takes for a massive sea turtle to crawl her way up the beach to nest and lay up to 300 eggs which is an arduous task. When I came across this nest that had been dug up by dogs, I was so sad. This happens every day to almost every nest that we can't get to in time to save the eggs. So, I turned that sadness into thinking about what can be done to fix this. Something can be done that's for sure and it's time.  Everybody loves Sea Turtles. They have been on this planet for over 100 MILLION years and are now facing extinction. Since then, they have faced serious challenges, now more than ever, and I am convinced we can help save them.  How? Not alone. We are partnering with FUNDAT to host Sea Turtle Conservation Programs in 2021 for our guests to participate with marine biologists and environmental educators to learn about, protect, and assist sea turtles that are on the brink of extinction.  Right now, we are helping the center raise funding to build a research facility and widen their patrol to more beaches to avoid losing any more eggs to predators like this. We have put together a short video to show you a little more about FUNDAT and ask that you consider donating $30 today: Sea Turtle Conservation Fund Thank you for hanging in there this morning over coffee to learn a bit more about what we are doing here with the turtles. We would love to hear from you and what your favorite animal is.  Your Friends in Morrillo, Cari and Ryan Mackey Owners and Hosts Morrillo Beach Eco Resort

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