Sea turtle nesting activity along Eglin Air Force Base on Cape San Blas and Santa Rosa Island, Florida from 1994 to 1997.

Lamont, Margaret M. and Percival, H. Franklin and Pearlstine, Leonard G. and Colwell, Sheila V. and Carthy, Raymond R. (1998) Sea turtle nesting activity along Eglin Air Force Base on Cape San Blas and Santa Rosa Island, Florida from 1994 to 1997. Gainesville, FL, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit , University of Florida, (Technical report - Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 59)

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Abstract

Along EAFB on Cape San BIas, the only sea turtle species nest observed has been the loggerhead turtle. The first green turtle nest documented along the Florida panhandle coast was observed on EAFB property, however (D. Atencio, EAFB, pers. comm). Santa Rosa Island, located approximately 150 miles west of Cape San BIas supports a small but consistent, group of nesting green turtles (Fig. 2). Although erosion is not as severe along Santa Rosa Island as it is on Cape San BIas, and vehicular traffic is not permitted, sea turtles nesting on this barrier island must survive severe tropical storms, predation, and artificial lighting to be successful. Because this area supports a rare group of nesting green turtles and is disturbed by intense artificial lighting from Air Force missions and adjacent resort towns, continued monitoring is necessary. The sea turtle species that nest along this barrier island, and the human activities that disturb those sea turtles present unique circumstances for management ofthis area. Protection ofthe significant nesting populations of sea turtles on EAFB properties on Cape San BIas and Santa Rosa Island requires yearly monitoring of the nesting activity and the natural and human disturbances influencing the nesting females. The objectives ofthis study were to monitor sea turtle nesting along EAFB on Cape San BIas to determine number of nests and hatching success, assess disturbances, and determine proper management to ensure successful nesting and hatching.(56 page document)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Sea turtle nesting activity along Eglin Air Force Base on Cape San Blas and Santa Rosa Island, Florida from 1994 to 1997.
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Lamont, Margaret M.
Percival, H. Franklin
Pearlstine, Leonard G.
Colwell, Sheila V.
Carthy, Raymond R.
Series Name: Technical report - Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Number: 59
Date: 1998
Publisher: Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit , University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Latitude: 29.6635
Longitude: -85.3555
Projects: Research Work Order no. 129, Research Work Order no. 160, Research Work Order no. 181
Issuing Agency: Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Additional Information: U. S. Geological Survey/Biological Resource Division
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cape San Blas; Santa Rosa Island; Florida; marine turtles; nesting; Loggerhead turtles; Caretta caretta; Green turtles; Chelonia mydas
Subjects: Conservation
Biology
Item ID: 1096
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 03 May 2008 15:54
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 21:08
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/1096

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