Sea Tur­tle Beach Pa­trol

Tri-County Vanguard - - THEN AND NOW -

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.

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