Thursday, August 7, 2008

Turtle Time!

Mom is leaving for her yearly trip to Wassaw Island tomorrow. She will be working with the people from the Caretta Research Project to protect loggerhead sea turtles.

Since 1973, the Caretta Research Project has been a hands-on research and conservation program dedicated to protecting the loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta. The three goals of the project are:

1. To learn more about the population levels and trends / nesting habits of loggerhead turtles
2. To enhance survival of eggs and hatchlings on a nesting beach
3. To involve people in turtle preservation

It is hatchling season, so mom and her good buddy Carole will be escorting baby sea turtles (hatchlings) to the ocean. They will also be excavating the nests to determine hatchling success rates. Since most hatchlings emerge at night, they will be able to enjoy all that Wassaw has to offer during the day, like relaxing, birding, relaxing, reading, and relaxing. I am so glad that I am not going (not that I was invited) because it is super hot and humid down on Wassaw. I need my air conditioning, so dad and I will party like rock stars next week while mom is sweating with the turtles.

Check out the great work the Caretta Research Project does at There is a picture of mom on the website, but this picture of Carole and her adopted turtle Trixie shows why Wassaw Island is such a magical place.

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