Carriacou Island, Grenadines, West Indies

Located off the coast of the island of Grenada, the beautiful Grenadine Islands are another wonderful spot to see sea turtles and assist with their rescue. The KIDO Ecological Research Station on Carriacou Island conducts nightly and early morning turtle nesting monitoring patrols. After a leisurely day in the sun, visitors can spend the night out monitoring sea turtle nesting along the park's beaches. This exercise is part of the KIDO turtle conservation project.

The nesting period of the Hawksbill Turtle is from April to December, with peaks of activity between June and August. The largest species, the Leatherback Turtle, is between March and June. Volunteers are needed to help from March 1 through October 31. KIDO has the capacity to house approximately twenty individuals bunking and sharing the facilities, which would work for teen volunteers or families with older children. Rates are $80 - $100 per day. Month-long programs with cheaper rates are also available. For more information, contact the KIDO Ecological Research Station at 473-444-7936, visit their website at KIDO Projects Web Site, or contact the Grenada Board of Tourism.

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