| February 23, 2018
Student Guest Column:
CHSS Students Receive Turtle Training From NC Wildlife Resource Commission
By LAURA HOOPER
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.
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.