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Sea Turtle Program awarded grant for GPS device


SCCF SCCF Technician Megan Reed uses the new TDC150 on Captiva.

This year, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Program Research Associate Andrew Glinsky was awarded a grant from the Sea Turtle Grants Program, which is funded by Florida’s sea turtle specialty license plate. The grant was used to purchase a Trimble TDC150.

A highly accurate GPS system, the TDC150 is able to obtain location data within seven centimeters of accuracy. It is extremely impressive when compared to a standard GPS unit, which may only get down to three meters accuracy.

“This season the TDC150 was used to collect data on hundreds of nests on Sanibel and Captiva, and the SCCF Sea Turtle Program is excited to use this unit for years to come,” Glinsky said.

The unit is an extremely valuable tool, especially following a storm or high tide events. Nests subjected to high winds and waves often lose the stakes marking their location. Having accurate location data lets SCCF staff find the exact location of the nests, so they can be properly marked and protected for the remainder of their incubation.