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    Hawksbill Hope

    Hawksbill Hope, Inc was founded in 2009 to aid in the conservation of Belize’s natural resources. Initial efforts have been providing support to monitoring nesting beaches and collecting data on endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles.

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    Moochula: Hope for da Hawksbills

    Join the residents of the remote village of Gales Point, Belize on an impressionistic and immersive film experience celebrating their efforts to help conserve hawksbill sea turtles.

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    Turtle Tracking

    Hawksbill Hope has successfully deployed two sea turtle satellite tags in the 2011 nesting season. Marymount University students assisted Dr. Rimkus and Kevin Andrewin with deploying the first tag on ‘Hope’. Kevin, who leads the local research and preservation team in Gales Point recently tag the second turtle, named Peace. Two more turtles will be tagged later this summer.

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    Student programs

    Marymount University offers Marine Biology, taught by Hawksbill Hope founder Dr. Rimkus, and cultural sociology courses in Gales Point Belize. Students assist with Hawksbill Sea Turtle nesting beach monitoring while living in the local community.

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    Gales Point Community

    Hawksbill Hope works to provide funding and opportunities for Belizeans to be involved in the conservation of their natural resources. Gales Point residents are actively involved in the Hawksbill Sea Turtle nesting beach monitoring and data collection.

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Field notes & news

Visit the project blog for updates on our research and travels.

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We need your help!

Learn more about the mission of Hawksbill Hope and how you can get involved.

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Student programs

Ready to spend a few weeks in Belize earning science and/or sociology credits?

Meet the turtles!

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Shiloh 4 Hope

Posted by on July 20, 2014

Shiloh 4 Hope was spotted by Mark Rimkus, Catina Boster, & Natalie Tinkham as part of a study abroad course with Marymount University. Shiloh 4 Hope, a nesting hawksbill found at Gales Point, Belize was tagged on July 18, 2014 in Marymount University’s & Hawksbill Hope’s satellite tagging program. You can follow Shiloh 4 Hope here: http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?tag_id=130824 [...]

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Greater Hope

Posted by on December 7, 2013

Greater Hope was tagged and released 8/31/2013, thanks to Kevin Andrewin, who was able to tag Greater Hope by himself in the rain. Greater Hope was photographed in 2009 where she nested in the same location.  She was recognized from her barnacle pattern that remained the same since 2009. You can follow Greater Hope here: http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?tag_id=130826

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CareNaTo

Posted by on July 29, 2013

While patrolling the beach on July 22, 2013 at approximately 2:00am students in Marymount University’s Belize study abroad program found a nesting female hawksbill sea turtle.  Dr. Rimkus from Marymount University, and Kevin Andrewin from Gales Point attached a satellite tag and released her. The hawksbill sea turtle was named CareNaTo in honor of Andy Brown’s Caretta Nature [...]

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Moochula

Posted by on July 1, 2012

First turtle of 2012 is Moochula! Her name was chosen by Leonard from Gales Point who found her wedged under a root system at the edge of the shore. Moochula is a local word from a sambii song that means nice, fine, sooo good!