Sea Turtle Beach Patrol
Kayla Hamelin, assistant director Conservation and Education, Canadian Sea Turtle Network, says over the years a number of stranded turtles have been found in this region. “Although we have been successful in contributing new information that is crucial to the conservation of the leatherback sea turtle, we still know very little about how frequently smaller, ‘hard-shelled’ types of sea turtles that enter our coastal waters,” she says. “These other species of sea turtles typically prefer warmer waters than those around coastal Nova Scotia, but on rare occasions we find cold-stunned green turtles, Atlantic Ridley turtles, and loggerhead sea turtles stranded on our beaches in the fall.”
The network’s new Sea Turtle Beach Patrol volunteer project aims to put a dedicated effort into searching for sea turtles that wash up on beaches, in the hope of better understanding the frequency and distribution of these animals.
“We accept volunteers from coastal communities around the Canadian Maritimes to monitor their local beaches for stranded animals from October through December,” Hamelin says.
To get involved visit: www.seaturtle.ca/beach-patrol.