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SCCF's Evenings at the Homestead: Green Sea Turtle Tracking

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Bailey Homestead Preserve

1300 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, FL 33957

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Last summer, SCCF’s sea turtle program teamed up with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida to track green sea turtles nesting on Sanibel and Keewaydin Islands. By mid-September, the tracking has already shown some amazing results: Isabella, a green tagged on Sanibel on June 26, made her way north to Manasota Key, then south to the Florida Keys, then up the east coast to Cocoa Beach, then back south to the Marquesas (west of Key West), a known overwintering location for east coast green sea turtles.

Join SCCF on March 5 when SCCF’s Sea Turtle Coordinator Kelly Sloan will be joined by Dave Addison (of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida) and Dean Bagley (from the University of Central Florida Marine Turtle Research Group, Inwater Research Group) to share what we have learned from these telemetry projects and how the results contribute to sea turtle conservation.

The SCCF/Conservancy project is the first to use satellite telemetry to “follow” locally nesting green turtles. Dean Bagley began tracking green turtles in 2001 and initiated tracking mating pairs and adult males from the nesting beach in 2013 on Florida’s east coast. Tracking has provided valuable information about the turtles’ post-nesting movements and the location of their foraging grounds.

Decades ago, experts believed that green sea turtles in Florida were on the brink of extinction. After many years of targeted conservation efforts, it appears that they are making a comeback. Data from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) indicate that green turtle nest counts in Florida have increased approximately one hundredfold in the past few decades.

While conservation efforts appear to be having a positive impact, long term protection of sea turtles requires an in-depth understanding about their distributions, migratory patterns, and habitat utilization. Information about the in-water movements of sea turtles allows managers to develop informed conservation strategies and provides scientific support when establishing critical habitat.

Program begins at 7:00 pm, with refreshmentst at 6:30. Tickets are $10.
Please call SCCF at 239.472.2329 with any questions.

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