Open Spaces is featuring monthly posts by Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Since 1957, SCA has been connecting young people from all backgrounds with life-changing, career-making conservation service opportunities. Learn how you can get involved at www.thesca.org. First up is SCA intern Rachel Snodgrass who worked at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina.
|Excavating sea turtle nests can be hard because you find rotten eggs (left) and hatchlings that didn't survive. But sometimes, as it did for Rachel and biologist Brooke Wheatley, an excavation turns up live hatchlings! Photos courtesy Rachel Snodgrass|
Hello Wildlife Enthusiasts! I’m so happy to get to tell you about my recent experience excavating sea turtle nests as a Student Conservation Intern at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina!
Wildlife biologists excavate nests to collect data after eggs in a nest have finished hatching. They dig in and document such findings as unhatched eggs, hatched shells, broken eggs and stranded live hatchlings.