February 23, 2018

Student Guest Column:
CHSS Students Receive Turtle Training From NC Wildlife Resource Commission


Training began on January 9 with Karen Clark of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission who taught students about turtles and their endangerment.  Students and volunteers combed the island’s sound and ocean beaches for stranded turtles.  Rescued turtles were sent to the Roanoke Island Aquarium for rehabilitation.  

On January 31, Karen Clark again partnered with Cape Hatteras Secondary School students and biology teacher, Erin DelMonte, to conduct a turtle necropsy.  Students studied the turtles’ health and potential cause of death.

The information gathered was shared with The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST), a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the protection of sea turtles.  NEST has been collecting sea turtle data since 1981. This opportunity has helped students learn more about the preservation of our island’s wildlife.

Editor’s Note: The Island Free Press is delighted to be working with journalism students and writers from CHSS this year, and will be posting their work in our Commentary & Guest Columns page as they continue to grow into exceptional journalists. 

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