My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Paso Pacifico, Ventura, CA, USA
I am the founding board president of Paso Pacifico, a conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Pacific slope ecosystems of Central America. From its inception, Paso Pacifico has been clear about its mission, has collected passionate followers, talented and skilled staff and the commitment and involvement of local communities. Crossing the three program areas of Science, conservation and education, this impressive organization has developed innovative models and programs to study and protect the needs of all the species in this biological hotspot. Flagship species include the back-handed spider monkey, the yellow-naped Amazon parrot, four species of endangered sea turtles and jaguars.
The projects are implemented by dedicated staff and volunteers, which include college students, community leaders and seasoned scientists.
The unique and creative programs developed by Paso Pacifico have been recipients of many awards and accolades from the conservation community for providing viable tools for addressing biodiversity loss and climate change. Most recently, a Hollywood special effects artist worked with a Paso Pacifico ecologist to create fake sea turtle eggs that are actually GPS-enabled decoys. These decoys have enabled Paso Pacifico to track the eggs from the beach to market and help put an end to illegal poaching networks.
I am continually inspired by environmental programs targeting the youth through education to ensure the commitment and dedication of conservation for the future. The Junior Rangers, ages 8-14, engage in regular workshops focused on environmental knowledge and stewardship. The students earn badges for each educational module and then serve as proud ambassadors for conservation in their communities. The Junior Rangers also engage in bi-monthly monitoring of birds and primates in forests neighboring their farms and communities. It is so inspiring to watch these youngsters gain skills in data management, wildlife observation and cooperation with their peers.
I have no doubt that Paso Pacifico will continue to make a difference to people and our planet in transformative ways.