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June 19: Volunteer Meeting for Sea Turtle Monitoring
June 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Virgin Islands National Park resource management team needs your help monitoring the beaches of St. John for sea turtle nesting activity. Dedicated individuals will be responsible for conducting early morning beach surveys from July to November. Tasks include walking an assigned beach at least 1-2 times a week looking for signs of nesting activity, interpreting crawls, and recording/submitting necessary data. Volunteers may have the chance to assist park staff with nest excavations, night surveys, turtle rescues, and educational outreach programs. This volunteer commitment will require at least 1-2 hours each week until November. Transportation to and from the beach will be the volunteer’s responsibility. Possible risks may include traversing thick vegetation, steep rocky terrain, slick or unstable surfaces, and exposure to inclement weather.
Please attend one of our trainings at Hawksnest Beach on:
Tuesday – June 19th from 9-11 am
Tuesday—June 19th from 5:30-7:30pm
Thursday – June 21th from 9-11 am
The workshop will cover general biology and ecology of the three species (hawksbill, green and leatherback) commonly found in the USVI. Specific nesting behavior and monitoring protocols will also be discussed in detail. A portion of this training will take place on the beach where we will analyze sample crawls and demonstrate beach surveys, so be sure to bring sun protection and water.
More trainings will be scheduled as needed. You are only required to attend one training session. Returning volunteers are encouraged to attend, but it is not obligatory.
Available seats are limited for this training. If interested, please e-mail program coordinator Adren Anderson at: [email protected] to sign up or discuss scheduling conflicts.