October 31, 2018
I would wake up before dawn and walk a two-mile stretch of beach looking for turtle
nests; when I found a nest, I would screen it to keep predators out. We collected
information on each nest, noting the size of the turtle that laid it and after the
clutch has hatched, we would inventory the nest and record how many have successfully
Our primary nester on the island is the Loggerhead sea turtle which is considered
Threatened and is federally protected. The highlight of my internship was going on
a night survey and seeing a nesting turtle in person and collecting specimens off
of her shell for analysis to determine where she was last feeding. I also got to
see a nest hatch, which was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen.
This internship has taught me a lot about what I am looking for in the future since
it allowed me to discover my love for field work; I would love to have a research
job that combines field work and lab work in an effort to save endangered animals
like the sea turtles. I’ve had the most amazing time of my life here working to save the
sea turtles that I love and feel that through this internship, I’ve discovered who
I really am.
Morgan is majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and French studies.
Last modified on Oct. 31st, 2018 at 11:44am by Marcia Landskroener.