World Turtle News, 12/05/2017
The big turtle year is nearly over
When George stopped by for a visit, he was on the last leg of a quest to complete the Big Turtle Year. The program, sponsored by the Florida Turtle Conservation Trust, is designed to raise awareness about the “rich diversity, ecology, and conservation needs of turtle species found in the United States.” Like so many other native wildlife groups, turtles can use all the attention and support they can get.
The U.S. is home to about 60 species of turtles. Most turtle biologists these days consider the actual number of native ones to be 59, although some quibble over whether certain ones are really a single species or should be recognized as two. But all agree we have lots of different kinds of turtles. Most are in the Southeast. Alabama and Mississippi share the record with 30 each. Regrettably, population numbers for many of these species are declining because of various environmental threats. Bringing attention to the animals themselves – which is what George Heinrich’s Big Turtle Year is intended to do – is the first step toward conservation solutions.
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This Week In Turtles…
Join park staff for a presentation about sea turtles. We will discuss what species we see here at Fort Fisher, basic biology, and what we do to help with conservation efforts. Please call 910-458-5798 to make reservations.
Date of Event: Sunday, December 24, 2017 – 1:00pm
Start Location: Exhibit Room
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