Mon., March 25, 2013 5:00am
Georgia's endangered population of loggerhead sea turtles is getting help from federal officials. On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating eight areas on Georgia's coast as critical habitat for the species. The designation allows wildlife officials to focus their limited budget on preserving the most vital areas for the turtles.
Wed., June 20, 2012 11:00am
Authorities have intercepted 156 sea turtle eggs stolen from a nest on Sapelo Island. Georgia wildlife officials said they began investigating the theft after learning the eggs had been stolen from the nest.
Fri., April 27, 2012 7:46am
The first loggerhead sea turtle nest of the year in Georgia has been reported on Atlantic coast. National Park Service biologist Doug Hoffman said the nest was found this week on Cumberland Island.
Mon., April 2, 2012 9:35am
An unusually high number of sea turtles are becoming stranded along the Georgia coast, and authorities say unseasonably warm ocean water temperatures are partly to blame.
Fri., September 23, 2011 4:50pm
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently re-classified loggerhead sea turtles. Some are now considered “endangered” and others remain at the lesser “threatened” category. Georgia’s turtles remain classified as threatened, and the state’s sea turtle program coordinator said the turtle population remains at risk but seems to be improving.
Fri., September 16, 2011 5:39pm
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friday announced a classification change for loggerhead sea turtles.The animals are going from being considered ‘threatened’ to ‘endangered.’
Tue., August 30, 2011 12:00pm
High surf from Hurricane Irene this weekend washed away more than sand. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles were near the end of their nesting season when the storm lashed the beaches. Turtle-watchers spotted numerous examples of nests that just disappeared after Irene.
Mon., July 11, 2011 4:00pm
A legal settlement over endangered sea turtles in the Pacific could be a sign of things to come in the Atlantic. Conservation groups recently agreed with the National Marine Fisheries Management Service over new rules to protect the Pacific leatherback sea turtle. In the Atlantic, the same groups are petitioning the same officials for rules to protect the threatened Atlantic loggerhead.
Mon., November 8, 2010 2:43pm
Endangered turtles on the Georgia coast had a successful nesting season from May to October. With over 1700 nests reported, the loggerhead turtles may be making a comeback. Last year there were less than 1600 nests reported.
Mon., September 27, 2010 1:56pm
A record number of sea turtle hatchlings have survived this nesting season. Over 1,700 nests were monitored on the Georgia coast by volunteers with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. Terry Norton with the Turtle Center says this is the highest number of nests Georgia has ever had.