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SCCF adapts sea turtle program as needed

By Staff | Apr 15, 2020


With the official start of sea turtle nesting season, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is adapting as needed to effectively monitor and protect the islands’ sea turtles. In an abundance of caution, it is utilizing staff and has implemented strict social distancing to conduct the monitoring, instead of using volunteers – at least until the governor’s safer-at-home order is lifted. Staff from the Marine Lab will help with lab tests associated with bloodwork; members of the Sanibel Sea School and Native Landscape & Garden Center staff will monitor the beach to flag crawls; and the Wildlife & Habitat Management staff will also help out as needed. SCCF Coastal Wildlife Director Kelly Sloan reported, “I’m hopeful that by June and July, which is really the peak of nesting season, we’ll be able to have our dedicated volunteers back. In the meantime, we’ll make sure our turtles are protected.”