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North Carolina Sea Turtle Project

Main Project Information
Goal Monitor sea turtle activity along the entire coast of NC.
Task Spot, record, protect sea turtles.
Where North Carolina United States

The North Carolina Sea Turtle Project trains volunteers to monitor sea turtle activity along the entire coast of North Carolina.

There are a number of ways that your citizen science efforts can help protect sea turtles in North Carolina. Volunteers are needed to:

- walk small sections of beach each morning from May to August to look for turtle tracks and nests
- help guard the nests as they become ready to hatch each evening from July to October
- respond to strandings
- transport injured turtles to rehabilitation centers

All the data collected by the project are organized and disseminated to the state and federal agencies that use the information to make management decisions.

The North Carolina Sea Turtle Project, run by the state Wildlife Resources Commission's Division of Wildlife Management, is committed to monitoring North Carolina's sea turtle population. The project would not be possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers!

As seen in Chapter 8 of Citizen Science by Caren Cooper.

How to Join

To become involved and learn about the needs of your local North Carolina Sea Turtle Project, contact the beach coordinator specific to your area on the following webpage:

For general information or if your beach is not listed, contact the project coordinators:

Matthew Godfrey
(252) 728-1528

Wendy Cluse
(252) 725-5328

Required Gear

Gear varies greatly depending on volunteer activity. Refer to the project handbook for full details:

Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags in oceans, lakes, ocean, rivers, streams
Project Updated 05/23/2018