The Caretta Research Project is a hands-on research, conservation and education program that has been protecting the nesting loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge since 1973.
The three goals of the project are:
To learn more about the reproductive biology, population trends and nesting habits of loggerhead turtles;
To enhance survival of eggs and hatchlings on a nesting beach; and
To educate and involve the public in turtle preservation.
Accomplishments since 1973:
- added over 1,283 turtles to the tagged loggerhead population;
- monitored 3,108 nests containing more than 367,000 eggs;
- successfully released over 223,400 hatchlings into the ocean;
- trained 20 interns who have gone to other environmental / educational programs; and
- involved and educated over 3,000 volunteers from all over the world in sea turtle conservation efforts.
Here is an opportunity for YOU to experience the thrill of helping a threatened species!
Each year, for 16 weeks during the summer, groups of volunteers travel to the beaches of Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge near Savannah, Georgia to help monitor egg-laying and hatching activity and to collect data on the loggerhead turtles.