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Preparing A Turtle Environment

Updated on June 22, 2014

Kids grow so fast! I can still feel their baby breath on my neck as I held them after feeding them. How wonderful it was to carry them as I sung a lullaby to help them sleep. Now grown up, I have other great experiences as we share grown up conversations; as I observe how they manage to gain a living, or as we laugh while they talk of life issues.

My three children came from my womb, but with different intelligences. We are all unique, with different talents and desires...from those differences diversity is found. My older son used to involve himself in amazing projects which ended up involving the whole family. He has changed but he has not stopped being one of my babies; even though he has a beard!

We grow

A cooperative project

My son got two turtles and wanted to prepare a natural environment. This mom got caught once again into his idea and she wrapped along Mr. Froggy213. We started to capture the basics steps of his project that turned into a team challenging work assignment.

A cooperative project is an experience that definitely requires a level of maturity and patience with each other. Accepting others ways is hard in moments when things have to be done one way from all the ideas of the group. Respect is a social value to guaranty that future projects will add growth to each other.

Before I share the project I recommend this wonderful song of growth for parents and for those of us that are still growing.

Different kind of turtles


Something about turtles in Puerto Rico

There are many types of land and marine turtles. Species like: the Leatherback, the Hawksbill, the Green Turtle, and the Loggerhead; have their nesting grounds located around the world.

The beaches of Puerto Rico, particularly the north coast and the islands of Culebra and Vieques are prime nesting grounds for the endangered sea turtle Leatherback (Tinglar). We consider ourselves lucky to witness one of nature's greatness, when dozens of flippers hatch and begin their long and venturesome journey.

The Northeast Ecological Corridor (Corredor Ecologico del Noreste ) is a stretch of about 61/2 miles of coastline, from Luquillo to Fajardo. The area had been designed as a nature reserve. Since 2005 in the month of April, Luquillo celebrates the annual Learthback Turtle Festival (Festival el Tinglar), in cooperation with the Sierra Club; to promote awareness and conservation of the beautiful natural environment.

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First step preparing the turtle environment

The first step was to define the project idea.

I try my best to save money and to do so I search around the house to see what can be used or recycled. I found a tank that was almost becoming a waste since the real use for it was not viable. Recycling is a necessary activity that turns materials that would become waste into valuable resources.

Turtle tank

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The second step

The second step was identifying possible solutions and alternatives.

We all were observing the land for a place where it best fit. Observation is an ability that not necessarily the fact of seeing will give good results. I think that some people have a capacity of eye measuring first than using a ruler. Common sense is really handy in this step.

The third step

The third step was to identify technical and economic need.

Planning how to deal with the land formation and the roots encountered in the excavation for the beams was very challenging. This step was frustrating. Focusing that it was to provide a natural environment for turtles had us managing what was being invested by talent, time, kindness and money. Measuring, cutting, decorating and dealing with unexpected situations is what makes a project interesting, as well as providing bonds to the group.

A finished project!!!!

After the project is done, the pride reflected on a face has a value that could not be bought.

Enjoy the homemade video and blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

Turtle Tank


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    • Lastheart profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Stellar Phoenix Thanks so much! Very nice comment.

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      Stellar Phoenix 

      7 years ago

      This website is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a reader sustained. Between your wit and your awesome content, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost..haha) Fantastic job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool! Stellar Phoenix

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      7 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      tsadjatko I thought it was a good guide.

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      The Logician 

      7 years ago from now on

      Thanks lastheart for linking my box turtle hub to your very interesting hub! Turtles are intriguing animals aren't they? Where ever they wander hey are always at home :-)

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      8 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      ShyeAnne thanks so much! I like your new profile picture.

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      8 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      I always enjoy your hubs!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      8 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      truthfornow you are right they are feeling cool. Thanks for your time.

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      Marie Hurt 

      8 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      What a cool idea. Makes for some very happy turtles.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      8 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      greeneryday thanks I read your hub about The Galapagos tortoise, and it is very good hub which I recommend.

      Froggie213 yes it was a good project and thanks for your help.

      PurvisBobbi44, thanks, the turtles are floating like if they were in the open ocean.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      8 years ago from Florida


      Wow---what a delightful hub. You have brilliant sons who can complete their ideas with their own hands. I know the turtles will love their new home.

      Thanks for sharing this great information.

      Your Hub Friend,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Greg Boudonck 

      8 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      This was a fun project and it is so cool to watch those turtles swimming. Also the look on your son's face was priceless.

      Great hub my love; keep 'em coming!

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      8 years ago from Some tropical country

      Providing a natural environment for turtle at home by using recycled materials is really the best and the most effective idea. You provide comfortable habitat for turtle to love healthily and live much longer. I like the video too, and voted up for awesome!


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