Tag: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
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September 27, 2018 | 9 minute read
Egmont Key, Florida — The history of this spit of an island is without parallel. Sadly, the Key itself could soon be history. Native Americans, for example, hunted the island at the mouth of Tampa Bay centuries ago. Spanish explorers mapped it in the 1500s. Billy Bowlegs and Polly Parker, Seminole Indian legends, were imprisoned here during the so-called Third Seminole War. Palms on the key’s western beach killed by the rising, salty gulf waters. Learn more...
January 8, 2018 | 2 minute read
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped rescue hundreds of near-frozen sea turtles during Florida’s recent cold snap. Roughly 900 threatened or endangered turtles, mostly green turtles, but including Kemp’s Ridleys and loggerheads, were pulled from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean as water temperatures dropped below 50 degrees. Most were taken to the Gulf World Marine Institute in Panama City Beach where they were warmed up and fed, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Learn more...
November 6, 2017 | 5 minute read
Lisa was keeping a watchful eye on a sea turtle nest, which laid beneath the sand. A Share the Beach volunteer for more than 16 years, Graham knew the routine: a female sea turtle nested in that spot two months ago, which meant the eggs could hatch at any time. Learn more...
This infographic discusses the impact of hurricanes in Florida during sea turtle nesting season, and asks that you never touch any exposed eggs or disturbed nests. Although nearly 90 percent of sea turtle nesting in the United States occurs in Florida in March through October, a major hurricane there during this period doesn’t mean all is lost. Mother sea turtles “hedge their bets” by depositing eggs in several nests over the course of the season, so there is a high probability that at least a few of the nests will incubate successfully even if a serious storm hits. Learn more...
September 8, 2017 | 1 minute read
As Hurricane Irma heads toward Florida, there is the possibility that some sea turtle nests along the coasts may be harmed or disrupted. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are advising the public not to interfere with any sea turtles nests or eggs, even if they think they are being helpful by doing so. Sea turtles have a nesting strategy that accommodates natural storm events. Read the full story...
UCF to establish permanent sea turtle research field station on Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
July 27, 2016 | 6 minute read
ORLANDO, FL - The University of Central Florida and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have reached a historic agreement that will establish a permanent conservation research facility along the Brevard County coastline. UCF has run a sea turtle monitoring and research program on the beaches of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in southern Brevard County for more than 30 years. UCF findings about sea turtle behavior are among the reasons the refuge was created in 1990. Read the full story...
Turtle-egg thief convicted a second time for stealing nested sea turtle eggs from coastal Georgia island
August 31, 2015 | 3 minute read
BRUNSWICK, GA - Lewis Jackson, 60, of Brunswick, Georgia pled guilty today before Chief United States District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to stealing loggerhead sea turtle eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. Among other things, the Lacey Act makes it unlawful for any person to acquire, receive and transport loggerhead sea turtle eggs, as loggerheads are endangered species under federal law. Back in 2013, Jackson was convicted a first time for stealing turtle eggs, and was sentenced to serve 6 months in prison. Read the full story...
September 16, 2011 | 5 minute read
NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule today changing the listing of loggerhead sea turtles under the Endangered Species Act from a single threatened species to nine distinct population segments listed as either threatened or endangered. Scientists believe this will help focus their sea turtle conservation efforts to the specific needs of the distinct populations. NOAA and FWS share jurisdiction for loggerhead sea turtles listed under the ESA. Read the full story...
April 20, 2010 | 5 minute read
The Georgia Aquarium, internationally recognized for aquatic animal research and conservation, is lending a hand closer to home. The Aquarium has contributed \$11,000 for sea turtle conservation on the Georgia coast as part of a fledgling alliance between the Aquarium and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Coastal America Partnership. The money was granted to the Savannah-based Caretta Research Project, the nonprofit organization that protects federally threatened loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) on the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, one of Georgia’s coastal barrier islands. Read the full story...