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Costa Rica
Lifelong love of nature sparked Eco Adventures
Lifelong love of nature sparked Eco Adventures

The defining moment of Mei Len Sanchez-Barr’s life occurred on a moonlit beach in Costa Rica when she was about 8 years old. She and her sisters had been brought to the beach by their uncle, who was a sea turtle egg poacher. “It’s part of the culture there. People take the sea turtle eggs and eat them,” explains Sanchez-Barr, who grew up in the Central American country. As she watched, a sea turtle crawled up onto the beach and laid her eggs. The poachers caught the eggs in a plastic bag before they even hit the sand. The young Sanchez-Barr watched with amazement and conflicting feelings. “I fell in love right then and there. I thought, wow, this creature is...