This year the SCCF Sea Turtle Program was selected as an award recipient for the Sea Turtle Grants Program (STGP) to purchase a new All Terrain Vehicle (ATV). The STGP, which is funded by the sale of Florida’s “Helping Sea Turtles Survive” specialty license plate, awarded over $300,000 to 24 Floridian Sea turtle Programs in the 2016/2017 funding cycle.
Full funding for this ATV allowed SCCF staff to monitor the westernmost stretch of beach on Sanibel, which has become impassible with larger beach vehicles due to erosion. The ATV was equipped with all the necessities: screens, buckets, stakes, mallets, nest signage, and a toolbox added to the rear rack. Ninety-seven loggerhead nests and one green nest were laid on this two mile stretch of beach, and without the use of the ATV these nests would not have been documented or protected with anti-predator screens. These surveys allowed us to maintain spatial continuity in a valuable long-term dataset and also provided important information about coyote behavior in this area of high nest predation.
Learn more at www.helpingseaturtles.org