Earthwatch is mentioned in the introduction to a new book, co-authored by former Earthwatch trustee Stanley Johnson.
The book, Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species, is written by Stanley Johnson and Robert Vagg. Focusing on migratory species - avian, terrestrial and marine, the book both warns against the threat facing many species and celebrates their beauty.
In 2006 Stanley Johnson joined the Earthwatch expedition Costa Rican Sea Turtles, helping Earthwatch scientists to learn more about one particular migratory species - the leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), which is threatened with extinction. This long-running Earthwatch project is based in Las Baulas National Park, one of the most important remaining nesting areas in the Pacific Ocean. As an Earthwatch volunteer, Stanley helped to patrol the beaches nightly, monitoring nesting turtles, and then helping to maintain the turtle hatchery during the daytime.
For more than 15 years, Earthwatch teams in Las Baulas National Park have supplied nesting data to conservation officials to guide turtle management and have established conservation partnerships with local groups. The local community is now invested in the success of nesting efforts, making it a model for sustainable coastal communities around the world.
Stanley Johnson has worked in the European Commission as Head of the Prevention of Pollution division and as Director of Energy Policy. He is currently a trustee of the Gorilla Organisation and an Ambassador for the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species. In 1984 he was awarded the Greenpeace Prize for Outstanding Services to the Environment. Find out more about Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species.
Follow in Stanley Johnson's footsteps and join the Costa Rican Sea Turtles expedition as a volunteer.
Former Earthwatch trustee Stanley Johnson in Las Baulas National Park.