The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation
supports NOVA Southeastern University Oceanographic Center’s Students and Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program.
Oceanographic Center Students are just beginning our 23rd year of the Sea Turtle Conservation Program. The operation employs 23 field workers who are primarily NSUOC graduate students or recent graduates. They patrol over 38 km of Broward County beaches each morning at dawn, from March 1 through September 30. Endangered sea turtle nests are identified, marked, located by GPS and sometimes relocated from intensely lighted beaches to avoid hatchling disorientation.
Loggerhead yearly nest counts were in decline from 2000 to 2009, but in 2010, 2,282 Loggerhead nests were recorded, which was 26% higher than in 2009 – the highest number since 2000.
Green Sea Turtles deposited the second highest number of nests since project inception which was only 4 nests below the record number of 272 recorded in 2008.
Leatherback Turtles continue to nest in Broward County in lower numbers (14 nests last year) but there is a long term increasing trend.
The project depends upon the support and cooperation of the public. A portion of the project is funded by The National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation from donations to their Adopt A Nest program.
Here are some ways that concerned and interested residents can help:
|YOU CAN HELP US SAVE A SEA TURTLE BY ADOPTING A SEA TURTLE NEST|
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