World Turtle News, 03/10/2019
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Funds to Preserve 6,300 Acres in South Padre Island
Funds from companies responsible for the largest ocean oil spill in history will be used to preserve sensitive wildlife habitat in South Padre Island, including for endangered sea turtles.
Starting this month, international environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy will close on two deals in 2019 to acquire a total of nearly 6,300 acres on the South Texas barrier island. The preserved wildlife habitat ranges from beaches along the Gulf of Mexico to vegetated dunes and tidal flats adjacent to the Laguna Madre, a shallow body of water between the island and the mainland….
The habitat is an important nesting ground for the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, the rarest of the world’s seven sea turtle species, which only nests in the U.S. and Mexico. Scientists with the Sea Turtle Conservancy estimate that between 7,000 and 9,000 nesting females exist in the wild, with more nests on Padre Island than anywhere else in the U.S.
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