Texas Turtles On Shore
The critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles return to the beaches of Texas and Mexico in April, May, June and July every year to lay their nests. These small sea turtles are unique in that they may come ashore during the day to lay eggs in mass nesting events known as arribadas (they can also nest individually).
During this critical spring nesting season trained volunteers patrol the beaches and count the number of sea turtle nests. Thus far 38 sea turtle nests have already been spotted this season! If you see a sea turtle, tracks or hatchlings on the beach immediately call 1-866-TURTLE-5 (1-866-877-8535). Doing so will activate a response network and help protect the nests.
Now, you can follow the exciting arribadas online here and get the latest nesting updates by following us on Facebook on #TurtleTuesday! Turtle Island’s Gulf of Mexico Director Carole Allen and Sea Turtle Biologist Dr. Donna Shaver of Padre Island National Seashore will be providing the daily updates.
Sharks! Sharks! Sharks!
Where do sharks go? This basic question is one that is rarely considered when creating protected ocean or marine reserves, yet it is one of the most critical ones to conservationists working to protect sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Turtle Island and its partners OCEARCH, the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Foundation are beginning to glean insights into this important question from tracking the movements of more than 60 fish of a variety of species, from the top predator tiger sharks, down to skipjack tuna and rainbow runners in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
The aim of this study is to understand how open water species, like sharks, move at oceanic islands and between marine protected areas using underwater acoustic receivers (which can detect small tags placed inside sharks and other fish) and satellite tags on sharks.
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The Road to the International Sea Turtle Symposium
Turtle Island’s Program Director Teri Shore and Associate Campaign Director Joanie Steinhaus hit the road this spring en route to the Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation hosted by the International Sea Turtle Society (ISTS) in Louisiana.
The unique event shined an international spotlight on the issues and concerns facing our world’s endangered sea turtles and brought together the world’s foremost experts, scientists, activists and concerned citizens to focus on the conservation of sea turtles and their environment.
Turtle Island's ambassadors traveled through the Gulf States of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas on a Turtle Tour to build collaboration between federal and state organizations, and likeminded sea turtle conservation non-profits leading up to the conference.
(Photo: Joanie, Chris and Teri tour the wetlands prior to their talk.)
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Salmon Migrating to the Sea
The waters of Arroyo, Larson and San Geronimo Creeks in Marin County, California are alive from March to June year with silver splashes of young Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout. These young fish, known as smolts, make the dangerous journey downstream to the open ocean changing and growing as they go to adapt to the salt-water environment they will soon enter.
Lagunitas Coho Salmon are federally listed as Endangered. Only around 5,000 adults remain today from a population that formerly produced over 100,000 spawning fish.
During this critical outmigration, SPAWN biologists, interns and dedicated volunteers don tan waders and rain boots and set up smolt traps in the creeks to count the fish. As the traps temporarily capture live fish, they must be checked seven days a week.
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