Draft#1 Sea Turtles-Biology, Ecology, and Conservation

This discussion topic submitted by Cynthia Taranto ( tarantc@npenn.org) at 5:18 pm on 3/30/01. Additions were last made on Saturday, May 4, 2002.

The main focus of this discussion is the conservation efforts to help sea turtle populations. An overview of each species will provide a foundation of information to build on. Species information will provide the viewer with knowledge to be able to identify species by sight and crawl, and to gain a greater understanding of the needs of sea turtles. Most of the conservation information will deal with local (east coast) efforts. Others will possibly tie in if they connect to or support the local data/information.

The main focus of this discussion is the conservation efforts to help sea turtle populations. An overview of each species will provide a foundation of information to build on. Species information will provide the viewer with knowledge to be able to identify species by sight and crawl, and to gain a greater understanding of the needs of sea turtles. Most of the conservation information will deal with local (east coast) efforts. Others will possibly tie in if they connect to or support the local data/information.

Introduction
Species Overview
- physical appearance
- size
- conservation status
- food habits
Reproduction
Survival Problems
Habitat and Range – physical features of habitat and overall ranges of each species.
- migration and navigation.
Conservation Efforts – current efforts to control/decrease the loss of species.
- light pollution and sea turtle nesting.
- fishing nets.
- Habitat preservation.
- others

Sources
1.Ernst, Lovich, and Barbour. Turtles of the United States and Canada.
Washington D.C. Smithsonian Institution Press. 1994.
2.O’Keefe, M.T. Sea Turtles, the Watchers’ Guide. Lakeland. Larsen’s Outdoor Publishing. 1995.
3.Dando and Burchett. Sea Life, A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment. Washington D.C. Smithsonian Institution Press. 1996.
4.Websites:
www.nmfs.noaa.gov and links.
www.co.broward.fl.us
www.epa.gov/gumpo/seat12/html
www.swflorida.com/turtletime/lighting/summary.htm
http://biology.usgs.gov and links.
www.unc.edu/depts/oceanweb/turtles/
www.lib.duke.edu/bes/reptiles/aquaturtles.htm
possible other sites not yet located.


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