Updates from the field
It’s only April 6th but we’re already up to 37 leatherback encounters! That could be a sign of a good year! At this point last year, we had just 12! Several of our turtles have now been seen more than once. Rosa is already on her fourth nest! Last night we encountered six leatherbacks! That’s Read more about Big Year?[…]
It’s the beginning of the 2018 nesting season and the girls are here! We’ve been anxiously awaiting the start of this nesting season after several low years in a row. Nest numbers have dropped for unknown reasons around Florida since about 2014. However, we’re hopeful that it is just temporary and things will pick up Read more about The Season Has Started![…]
UPDATE: Palm Beach Gardens police have located the ATV’s. Thanks to the hard work of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department and a neighbor with a good eye who had seen our posts, our ATVs have been recovered by PBG PD! There had been an unsuccessful attempt to hot-wire the ATVs but other than that, Read more about Urgent – STOLEN ATVS[…]
Well it has been a while! Sorry for the lack of updates but the season always keeps us busy. Last night marked our 50th leatherback encounter of the year. Sadly, it’s been quite slow out there. Low leatherback numbers are being reported around the state. After a couple of low years in 2015 and 2016, Read more about Mid-Season Update[…]
You can now hear short updates on our research in near real-time on your Amazon Alexa enabled devices. Simply add our skill “Leatherback research update” to your daily flash briefing and Alexa will read you the latest update from our volunteers.
We’re so excited for the 2017 research season! There have been a handful of nests reported in and around our nightly survey area in the last three days. We are getting all of our gear prepared to start regular surveys this weekend. It takes a full army of ATVs and lots of Pelican cases full Read more about It’s that time of year![…]
The 2017 field season has begun! ATVs are ready, gear has been purchased, database system upgraded and most importantly; the turtles have arrived! We now have two nests along our primary study area at Jupiter Island. More updates soon as we begin our nightly surveys.
Since our team of volunteers studies sea turtles on remote beaches as far 100 kilometers apart we have developed a system that simplifies data entry and communication. This season we will be rolling out our new software bot named “Bob” who will help the team out on the beach. Sure, he has a silly name Read more about Introducing Bob[…]
The team of volunteers at Florida Leatherbacks Inc. is gearing up for the 2017 leatherback research season and we need your help! We’ve launched a 30-day campaign to raise $9,500 to purchase equipment for the upcoming season. Our ATVs only last about three seasons in the harsh conditions of our field environment. Since two of Read more about 2017 Fundraiser[…]
Well we’ve come to our least favorite time of year. Our nightly leatherback surveys are over. Despite a relatively low nesting year in our area, we had a great season. We had 214 total leatherback encounters this year. We saw 84 unique individuals and 35 were new, previously untagged turtles. We saw as many as Read more about End of season summary[…]