To preserve the natural ecosystems, fauna and flora, encouraging sustainable development of the Southern Grenadines through conservation activities, environmental research, youth education, IT, social media development and eco-tourism.
The social and the environmental must now come together, indeed, they should have never been apart
YWF-KIDO Foundation is a not-for profit Ngo founded in Carriacou, Grenada, West Indies in 1995. We run, since 2002, KIDO Nesting & Hatching Sea Turtle Monitoring and Tagging project on the main nesting beaches of Carriacou. Two Critically Endangered species, Hawksbill and Leatherback, and on occasions the endangered Green turtle, nest at night between March and December, within the High North Nature Park coastal area of Carriacou. Trained local guides and overseas volunteers patrol the beaches at night to protect nesting mothers, their nests and eggs from unsustainable practices such as poaching and sand mining. The team also measures and tags post-nesting turtles, marks and camouflages nest locations and turtle tracks and collects data, later shared with WIDECAST-Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network, UWI–University of the West Indies and the Grenada Fisheries Department.
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Volunteers actively participate in the monitoring and data-collection of 2 critically endangered Sea Turtle Species, Leatherback and Hawksbill, nesting on 3 different beaches on the Island; helping to reduce illegal poaching activities of turtles and eggs (from March to August).
- Night patrols on foot in a Nature Park area, from 8pm to 5.30am, for 5 nights a week.
- Working with local guides or field research assistant, helping with tagging post-nesting turtles; carapace measuring and other data collection; disguising tracks and nests against poaching activities; egg counting, eventual nest relocation and mapping nest location.
- Hatchling monitoring and survival-rate data collection. (Nest excavation)
- Early morning beach check following night patrols
Since the inception of this program, the presence of KIDO Turtle Team on the nesting beaches discouraged the traditional practice of collecting turtle eggs for local consumption. During these 12 years we never had any confrontation with the egg collectors; on the contrary, some gave up this illegal practice altogether.
KIDO Nesting Sea Turtle Monitoring program is based in Carriacou island, in the Grenadines archipelago in the southern Caribbean sea. Carriacou is part of the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique. During their free time KIDO volunteers may enjoy swimming, snorkeling and diving in the clear waters around Carriacou exploring coastal coral reefs and its lively underworld. The 15sq miles island offers the opportunity for hiking trails and wildlife watching: iguana, opossums, land tortoises, forest and marine coastal birds.
Accommodation for volunteers are wihin KIDO Foundation compound in a Pagoda bunk beds style, with bathroom and kitchinette facilities
KIDO Nesting Sea Turtle Monitoring program runs every year from March 15 to August 31. Volunteers are offered to participate for a minimum of 30 days to a maximum of 5 months and a half.