The Rushikulya sea turtle rookery, Odisha is a busy place. Thousands of endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles have reached the shoreline of Bay of Bengal and started their annual mass nesting. The other two mass nesting sites of Gahirmatha and Devi mouth in Odisha have also seen many Olive Ridley sea turtles. Although mass nesting (or arribada) takes place in these beaches, the adjacent beaches also contribute through sporadic nesting of sea turtles along 480 km long Odisha coast.

The volunteers of Action for Protection of Wild Animals (APOWA) have been monitoring the mass nesting and working to protect the species from undue disturbances. The mass nesting started the early evening of February 29th at the mouth of the Rushikullya River. Coastal erosion continues to be a threat, and the support of the Conservation and Research Foundation and many other groups has helped APOWA continue their efforts. Find out more about APOWA and their conservation efforts at http://www.apowa.org/.

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