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Review for Paso Pacifico, Ventura, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Paso Pacifico since 2014, first assisting with the native stingless bee keeping program, then leading a project to inventory native bee species in the Paso del Istmo, the region of focus for Paso Pacifico. I have also helped with compiling the data generated by Paso Pacifico's Audubon Christmas Bird Count, which it has organized since 2015.

To me, what is most exemplary about Paso Pacifico's work is how it creates opportunities for local community members to learn, achieve, and contribute in the realm of conservation. This means investing considerable resources in training local people and trusting them to carry out responsibilities like counting sea turtle hatchlings, tracking Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots with radio telemetry, taking care of hundreds of planted trees, collecting specimens of obscure insects, following spider monkeys through rugged terrain, and leading the way in oyster farming on Nicaragua's Pacific Coast.

Paso Pacifico's patient, persistent investment in people, on the ground, demonstrates a long-term vision and commitment to biodiverse, ecologically intact, prosperous, sustainable communities. Perhaps Paso Pacifico's greatest conservation success is its Junior Ranger Program, which affirms the idea that conservation of ecosystems in Nicaragua rests firmly in the hands of the young generation of Nicaraguans.

Role:  Volunteer