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     Texas Sea Turtles - Sharks! - Turtle Roadtrip - Salmon Migration

MAY 2014

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.


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.)



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.


Support Us

Turtle Island's Sea Turtle Restoration Project protects and restores all seven species of sea turtles through hard-hitting advocacy and innovative on-the-ground efforts. Show your support by making a donation today!

Shell-e-bration Success!

Turtle Island’s Sea Turtle Restoration Project threw a ‘Shell-e-bration’ in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle being named the state sea turtle of Texas. Students from Oppe Elementary in Galveston with their teachers came to celebrate. They wrote the legislation to make the Kemp's ridley the state sea turtle.

The family-friendly event took place at Stewart Beach Park in Galveston, Texas and included a coloring contest, turtle sand sculpture building contest, races and marine related activities. Two rehabilitated juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtles were re-released into the ocean by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

NEW Carabiner Thermal Mugs!

12 oz. travle mugs made with two layers of heavy gauge, food-grade stainless steel. Double-wall insulation provides exceptional temperature retention for any hot or cold beverage. The threaded, stainless steel top features a BPA-free, polypropylene interior seal that prevents spills and minimizes leaks. Metal carabiner handle clips to just about anything, making it easier than ever to hydrate on the go. Choose from two styles pictured.
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Sea Turtle Q & A

Students from around the country are writing letters to Turtle Island Restoration Network, sharing what they’ve learned about sea turtles and asking questions.

One student wrote to tell us, "I think that we should help endangered sea turtles because if we don't we would not get to watch sea turtles and learn about their splendid lives,” while another asked simply, “How deep can turtles dive underwater?” (The answer: The leatherback sea turtles can dive up to 3,000 feet).

Turtle Island's dedicated interns, Casey Howley-Brigham and Tory Johnson, take time to respond to each student or class, and answer every question that comes in the mail. If you have any questions about sea turtles or marine life, feel free to write to us. We would love to hear from you! Our mailing address is: Turtle Island Restoration Network, PO Box 370, Forest Knolls, CA 94933.

Upcoming Events 

Cocos Island Turtle & Shark Tagging Expedition - Costa Rica - Dec. 9 - 19, 2014

Life's a Beach Triathlon  - Galveston, Texas - Oct. 4, 2014

Volunteer at the Native Plant Nursery - Olema, California - Every Friday

Parting Shot

Divers explore the underwater world on a Turtle Island trip to Cocos Island, Costa Rica.



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