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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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Yertle the Turtle

Posted by on July 17, 2017

Yertle the Turtle was spotted by Randolf “Popsi” Samuels. She was tagged and released back into the sea on July 13, 2017 in Marymount University’s & Hawksbill Hope’s satellite tagging program. Reported on News 5 Belize by Andrea Polanco Yertle the Turtle can be tracked here: http://www.seaturtle.org/tracking/index.shtml?tag_id=171273  

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Sea Grape Hope for GPWS

Posted by on July 17, 2017

Sea Grape Hope for GPWS was spotted by Marymount student Alex Hoelzel. She was tagged and released back into the sea on July 13, 2017 in Marymount University’s & Hawksbill Hope’s satellite tagging program. Alex Hoelzelis holding Sea Grape Hope for GPWS. From left to right: Kevin Andrewin, Mark Rimkus and Todd Rimkus. Sea Grape Hope for GPWS can be […]

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CALLAMARS Hope for GPWS

Posted by on July 17, 2017

CALLAMARS Hope for GPWS was spotted by Kevin Andrewin of Gales Point, Belize. She was tagged and released back into the sea on July 9, 2017 in Marymount University’s & Hawksbill Hope’s satellite tagging program. From front to back are: Cierra Schafer, Kevin Andrewin, Isiah Bailey, Jessie Brcker, Brandy Gott, Dante Betancourt, Mark Rimkus, Julie Weaver, Callahan Pels, Nancy […]

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Milky Way

Posted by on June 28, 2017

Milky Way was spotted by Philip Bui, Lauren Andryshak and Mark Rimkus as part of a study abroad course with Marymount University at Gales Point, Belize. After Milky Way nested and laid her eggs she was tagged and released back into the sea on June 18, 2017 in Marymount University’s & Hawksbill Hope’s satellite tagging program. You can follow Milky Way […]