Category Archives: Cook Islands Turtle Project

A web log of the work in the Cook Islands Turtle Project.

Blue sea stars & green sea turtles

I am still regularly astonished at the bright colours of sea creatures here on the coral reefs and lagoon areas of Rarotonga. I grew up in a semi-arid steppe climate, where most animals are responsible shades of green, yellow, brown, … Continue reading

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Adventures as an RA for the turtle project

In February and March this year, I joined Phil as research assistant. We flew to Atiu to undertake the first ever turtle survey and habitat assessment there, and spent our days riding a scooter around beautiful rain forest, surveying the … Continue reading

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Cook Islands memories

So I’m home after 3 weeks volunteering with PICI on the Cook Islands Turtle Project, and after being back in the daily grind of work for only a couple of days I was quickly finding myself missing the island lifestyle … Continue reading

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Aitutaki turtle adventures!

Taking a couple weeks out from the usual routine of work, study, sleep to participate in the Cook Island Turtle Project seemed like the logical holiday to have. Why not head to a beautiful island, meet like-minded passionate people, and … Continue reading

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Christmas holidays Aitutaki style

Spending Christmas and New Year as a volunteer on a turtle survey in the Cook Islands was something of a last minute decision. I fancied something different and I couldn’t have chosen better. I don’t know where to begin with … Continue reading

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Working hard for the turtles of Aitutaki

Collecting baseline data on the turtles of Aitutaki involves a lot of hard slog. A typical day starts with a beach walk for a few hours. This might be to assess the suitability of ‘new’ un-surveyed beaches as turtle nesting … Continue reading

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Volunteering with the Cook Islands Turtle Project

Working as a volunteer for the Cook Islands Turtle Project in Aitutaki with Phil has been a huge learning experience for me. Upon coming to Aitutaki I had already dived up close and personal with plenty of sea turtles – … Continue reading

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CITP visits Vaitau Primary

On arrival to Vaitau Primary School Phil, Jane and I received a humble greeting from Ingrid, Mama Vara and a handful of their cheerful students who were playing around before school started session. After setting up the projector and getting … Continue reading

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First nest on Aitutaki!

CITP was really excited to discover the first tracks including a successful nest on Aitutaki on Wednesday 21st of November on the Ootu Peninsular.   During the initial nesting suitability survey, expedition leader Phil Bradshaw and the first volunteer on … Continue reading

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CITP goes to Aitutaki

CITP has had a great first few days on Aitutaki making lots of friends in the community.  On Sunday we were invited to an amazing kai kai with the Sunday School at Vaipai’s CICC church. We have begun to assess … Continue reading

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