World Turtle News, 08/02/2017
Conservation Organization In Need Of Assistance To Continue Their Admirable Work As Citizen Scientists
If you visit Douglas Fluhrer Park during the early morning or evening hours, you may observe a group of people scanning the shoreline, seemingly in search of something. These people are in fact members of the dedicated and hardworking group known as The Friends of the Inner Kingston Harbour. Composed of volunteers, this organization monitors the area for turtle nests. During the first year of their operation they were awarded funding from the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area and worked closely with Queen’s University students to track and record locations of the nests. The Friends of the Inner Kingston Harbour presents a copy of their data to Ontario Nature each month; however, as citizen scientists, the group still has many unanswered questions. As a result, they are asking for a partnership with a scientist in order to further their research. They believe that if a scientist would use this as a research project, solutions to their queries would be created. In addition to their conservation work, Friends of the Inner Kingston Harbour also conducts numerous public outreach and education programs in order to bring awareness to the status of these fascinating creatures.
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Photo from friendsofinnerharbour.com.