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Contact: Susan Teel, 850-934-2618
Gulf Breeze, FL - Gulf Islands National Seashore is seeking interested volunteers who want to help nesting sea turtles by participating in a study to learn more about how man-made light impacts these gentle giants. An informational session will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Park Headquarters Auditorium at the Naval Live Oaks Area (1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563). Volunteer positions are open to the public.
Volunteers will assist with the Turtle T.H.i.S (Teens Helping in the Seashore) citizen science project which engages the next generation of environmental stewards. Volunteers assist in collecting data to quantify man-made light pollution, as well as light emanating from natural sources of the night sky, towards determining how man-made light could be affecting our resident sea turtle populations.
Volunteers will investigate how sea turtle site selection in adults and disorientation in hatchlings could be related to the light (man-made and natural) present around the seashore. Through the project, ambient light data is collected to create a light profile of the beaches in and around Gulf Islands National Seashore. These measurements are also taken at sea turtle nest sites and hatch locations during the nesting season.
Volunteers will learn how to conduct field and monitoring work, enter and organize data, communicate with a variety of stakeholders about sea turtle conservation, observe sea turtle hatches, and gain many other valuable experiences that occur within a national park. Training will be provided and a scientific background is not necessary. For more information interested volunteers should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslands_NPS, and Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice and Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice.