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Tracking sea turtles in the Everglades

October 31, 2008

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long history of conducting research on threatened, endangered, and at-risk species inhabiting both terrestrial and marine environments, particularly those found within national parks and protected areas. In the coastal Gulf of Mexico region, for example, USGS scientist Donna Shaver at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas has focused on “headstarting” hatchlings of the rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii). She is also analyzing trends in sea turtle strandings onshore and interactions with Gulf shrimp fisheries.

Along south Florida’s Gulf coast, the USGS has focused on research and monitoring for managing the greater Everglades ecosystem. One novel project involves the endangered green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). The ecology and movements of adult green turtles are reasonably well understood, largely due to decades of nesting beach monitoring by a network of researchers and volunteers. In contrast, relatively little is known about the habitat requirements and movements of juvenile and subadult sea turtles of any species in their aquatic environment.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2008
Title Tracking sea turtles in the Everglades
Authors Kristin M. Hart
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Endangered Species Bulletin
Series Number
Index ID 70184304
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center