Scientists spend their nights tagging sea turtles

Virgin Islands Daily News
Monday, August 29, 2011

Original Article From Virgin Islands Daily News, By Joy Blackburn (DAILY NEWS STAFF)


The Buck Island nesting project has allowed the Park Service to see, over the years, what is happening with the sea turtle population that nests on Buck Island.

For instance, a population spike occurred in 2000, and biologists hypothesize that management actions taken 20 to 30 years ago - including ridding Buck Island of mongoose - may be responsible.

“As far as we can tell, the population is expanding, at least at this location,” Lundgren said. “It’s a good news conservation story.”

He described it as “a really great project.”

“It’s enjoyable. And it’s one of the few conservation success stories,” he said.

Every year for the turtle nesting project, the Park Service gets help from four Student Conservation Association interns. …continue