Here at Penguins International we raise a cry in support for our partners, the Punta San Juan Program. The Punta San Juan Program is well-known in the penguin community for its conservation and research efforts for Humboldt Penguins including the installation of artificial nest boxes for penguins along the coast. Humboldt Penguins are classified as vulnerable with decreasing populations and The Punta San Juan Program stands on the frontlines in protecting this treasured species.
After all they have done thus far for penguins, it is our turn to help the scientists, researchers, and fieldworkers to continue to have a base camp and field site on the Punta San Juan peninsula. For the past 40+ years the Punta San Juan Program had been operating out of a field station and base camp that was built in the 1940s. The extreme weather, high winds, coastal erosion, and time have created a level of damage with insurmountable repairs. The liability risk of the building for human safety forced PSJ operations to vacate the building. Since January of 2021, the PSJ program has not had a base inside the Punta San Juan reserve. Programs continue to operate out of their small office in Marcona but the “boots on the ground” conservation work is vital to the protection of Peru’s wildlife along the Punta San Juan peninsula.
We are asking for your help in raising funds to support a modular field station and base camp. This temporary infrastructure will house the PSJ team and Peru’s park rangers (SERNANP) during the interim until the new permanent station is built. The anticipated timeline for the new building is four years away and disappointingly the old building fell into disrepair before breaking ground on the new build. Unfortunately, this need falls in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and critical funding is sparse. After requesting price quotes for their needs, Punta San Juan Program needs to raise $46,500 USD to acquire and install modular units inside the reserve. The mobile field station and base camp provides the necessities the Punta San Juan Program needs to operate.
This pandemic has brought global economic hardships to everyone, and we know this is a big ask. We believe that the penguin community can pull together to help the Punta San Juan Program get back to the peninsula! With contributions from all our conservation friends at any amount we could “crowdfund” this cost and have the mobile field station and base camp in place before the year’s end. Donate what you can, help us spread the word, and together we can reach this target to get scientists back in the field at full strength to continue protecting the penguins and wildlife that call PSJ home.
Thank you for your support,
David Schutt (CEO Penguins International), Katie Propp (Conservation Education Manager), and the rest of the Penguins International Team.
Acknowledgements to funders/donors: The Punta San Juan program will recognize all major funders for this cause. Charitable donations over $10,000 will result in a donor plaque at the entrance of the new facility, as well as recognition of funding on their website, social media and presentations involving the project. Donations of $5,000 will be recognized on the PSJ website, social media, and presentations involved in the project. Penguins International will also be recognizing supporters through the website, social media, and presentations.
*Any excess funding will go towards PSJ operational funds
For more information on Punta San Juan Program please visit: us.puntasanjuan.org