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A USGS scientist rescues a cold-stunned sea turtle from a mud flat
January 31, 2018

Rescuing Sea Turtles from the Cold

USGS scientist Margaret Lamont, who has studied sea turtles in Florida since 1995, carries a cold-stunned green sea turtle from the mud flats of St. Joseph Bay. Photo by USGS.

Two scientists walk along a beach rescuing cold-stunned sea turtles.
January 31, 2018

Rescuing Sea Turtles from the Cold

Eglin Air Force Base biologist Kathy Gault (left) and Dave Seay (right), a contract biologist working with the USGS, hauled cold-stunned sea turtles to safety along the icy shore of Cape San Blas. Scientists and licensed volunteers walked the beaches and marshes, loading cold-stunned sea turtles into kayaks. Once full, kayaks could weigh more than 400 pounds and had to be

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A boat full of rescued sea turtles.
January 31, 2018

Rescuing Sea Turtles from the Cold

Scientists and volunteers use nets to scoop the immobile sea turtles out of St. Joseph Bay before transporting them to safety. Photo by USGS. 

A photo of a cold-stunned sea turtle in shallow water.
January 31, 2018

Rescuing Sea Turtles from the Cold

When water temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius), cold-blooded sea turtles, like this Kemp’s ridley, can become cold-stunned. They are unable to swim or even raise their heads out of the water to breathe, which can lead to drowning. Photo by Margaret Lamont, USGS

A USGS scientist holds a cold-stunned sea turtle while it recovers from the effects
January 31, 2018

Rescuing Sea Turtles from the Cold

David Seay, a contract biologist working with the USGS, holds a green sea turtle that is recovering from the effects of cold-stunning in St. Joseph Bay. Photo by Margaret Lamont, USGS.

3 students sit on the floor watching a woman teaching about wetlands, using posters and props laid on the floor
December 31, 2017

WARC staff member teaches students about various wetland types

At a celebration of World Wetlands Day, Victoria Sagrera taught students about various wetland types, including swamp, marsh, and barrier islands, and the resources and animals found in each.

December 31, 2017

WARC staff members teach students at World Wetlands Day

USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center's Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) outreach office staff were on hand at the World Wetlands Day celebration hosted by the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum and South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center as local students learned about the different types of wetlands in Louisiana.

A hand is holding a baby alligator over a table with a green cloth and other display items including a small skull
December 31, 2017

WARC staff member displays a baby alligator at World Wetlands Day

A special guest made an appearance at the 20th annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium where staff from the USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center's Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) outreach office shared materials and information with teachers.

A desmid alga is bright red and green photographed in UV light
December 31, 2017

This single-celled alga is a natural ornament

It looks like a holiday ornament, but this lovely object is a single-celled freshwater alga from the desmid family, found in the marshes of Florida’s Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. USGS biologist Barry Rosen photographed it at 200x magnification using ultraviolent light and a fluorescence microscope. Desmids range in size from under 10 microns—

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Graph of the rate of change in Lousiana coastal wetlands from the 1930s to the present
December 31, 2017

Louisiana coastal wetland change rates over time

Graph of land area change rate in coastal Louisiana from 1932–2016.  The red line approximates the long-term land area change rate. 95 out of 100 statistical analyses would produce a very similar trend (dotted blue lines). Credit: USGS