July 27th, 2017 -- The St. Kitts Sea Turtle Monitoring Network (SKSTMN) is currently holding its 10th annual Sea Turtle Camp. This SKSTMN initiated this camp in 2007 and has graduated over 600 children or “Junior Conservationists”.
The campers have lots of fun while learning about the importance of preserving sea turtles, their ecosystems and how they can get involved in sea turtle conservation in St. Kitts. Turtle edutainment (education and entertainment) through arts and crafts, games, and field trips to various beaches where they are participating in beach scavenger hunts, beach clean ups, learning how to do beach profiling, and monitoring of sea turtle nests. Another highly anticipated field trip is to the St. Kitts and Nevis Aquaculture Pilot Project and Environmental Research (SNAPPER) where campers meet sea turtles that are there for rehabilitation by the SKSTMN. Plastics harm turtles! Campers are learning about the importance of recycling and reducing waste and participating in the St. Kitts Plastic Free July Campaign.
The SKSTMN and campers appreciate the kind assistance of their sponsors and collaborators including St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Marine Resources, St. Kitts Department of Environment, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, and Christophe Harbour.
The grand finale event of the Sea Turtle Camp and St. Kitts Plastic Free July will be marked by a sea turtle release on Saturday July 29th 2017, 11:00 am sharp, at Whitehouse Bay. The general public is invited to join in the excitement and watch the release of baby hawksbill sea turtles.
For more details visit the SKSTMN Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/St-Kitts-Sea-Turtle-Monitoring-Network-217982931612650/ and www.stkittsturtles.org. Please report any sea turtle sightings or nesting events to the Sea Turtle Hotline at 764-6664 and/or the St. Kitts Department of Marine Resources at 465-8045.
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