Category Archives: sea turtles

Red Solo Cups and Sea Turtles

P1000689(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

My last post mentioned a story about college students getting involved in environmental volunteer work after graduation. This story out of the University of Central Florida provides a great example of just one of the many ways students can get involved while still in school. Students will be collecting red solo cups all over campus and making sure they get recycled. Adding another win to that one, for every cup that is recycled, TerraCycle will donate two cents to the Sea Turtle Conservancy. It’s a great way to achieve two important goals with one program. They’re making sure that red solo cups get recycled while at the same time providing important funds to an organization that works to protect endangered sea turtle populations.

 

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Sharing the Beach

394(Photo by Robert Barossi)

by Robert Barossi

Now that we’re firmly in the middle of summer, it’s definitely beach season. And it’s likely that hundreds of beaches along the east and west coasts are jam packed with millions of people, spending the days lounging in the sun and swimming in the surf. One thing to remember, though, is that many other species also utilize the coastline and that ecosystem. Many creatures share the beach with us, being born and spending much or all of their lives there. This great story out of Alabama, from Gulf Coast News Today, talks about how volunteers are keeping the beach safe for sea turtles along the Gulf. Volunteers walk the beach, looking for and protecting places where turtle nests are located. It’s an important job that goes a long way towards protecting the local population of turtles and ensuring that they can reproduce safely.

Check out the website for the organization leading the effort, appropriately called Share the Beach.