Outline #2: Sea Turtle Conservation

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This discussion topic submitted by Jennifer Weiskittle ( weiskije@miamioh.edu) at 7:22 PM on 3/29/02. Additions were last made on Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Sea turtles are amazing creatures that live in a world of mystery --the ocean. As each day goes by we are able to understand more about their world, but humans are not aware of the harm they cause these animals. It is sad to think that the number of sea turtles is decline because of natural events, but also because of human activities. Sea Turtle conservation programs have been around for several years, but the number of turtle nesting sites is still declining. This is showing that conservation programs, research, and public education needs to grow and become stronger.

A. Natural History

1. range
2. habitat
3. diet
4. breeding


B. Threats

1. Human threats
a. lighting
b. development
c. trash
d. pollutants
e. all-terrain vehicles
f. shrimping industry

2. Natural

a. predators
b. temperatures
c. water level changes
d. increase in storms


C. Programs

1. Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research

a. research
b. international and national committees
c. tagging program
d. satellite telemetry tracking projects
e. discussion network

2. National Wildlife Federation

a. turtle monitoring
b. beach clean-ups
c. research
d. education

3. Caribbean Conservation Corporation

a. education
b. research
c. advocacy
d. refuge


References:

Anonymouns (1). 2001. Regional news & recovery updates: Region 4. Endangered
Species Update. V18 n6 p S26.

Caribbean Conservation Corporation (1). Sea Turtles: An Introduction.
http://www.cccturtle.org/overview.htm. 3-29-2002.

Caribbean Conservation Corporation (2). 2001. The Archie Carr National Wildlife
Refuge: America's First Sea Turtle Refuge. http://www.cccturtle.org/carrref.htm. 3-29-2002.

Caribbean Conservation Corporation (3). 2000. http://www.cccturtle.org/cccwelc.htm. 3-29-02

Hanson, JoAnne, Thnae Wibbles, R. Erik Martin. 1998. Predicted female bias in sex ratios of hatchling loggerhead sea turtles from a Florida nesting beach. Canadian Journal of Zoology. V76 n10 p. 1850-1861.

Karen Bjorndal. 2000. Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research. University of Florida. http://accstr.ufl.edu/. 3-29-2002.

National Wildlife Federation (1). 2002. Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle: The Big Picture. http://www.nwf.org/wildalive/seaturtle/bigpicture.html. 3-29-02.

National Wildlife Federation (2). 2002.Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle: How you can help. http://www.nwf.org/wildalive/seaturtle/howtohelp.html. 3-29-02.

Weber, Michael L. 1997. Contested coastlines. National Parks. V71n1/2 p.30-33.


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