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Sea Turtle Genetics Display at Nature Center

The Dewees Island Sea Turtle Program has been participating in a research study at the University of Georgia since 2010.  One egg from each nest has been donated to the study from Loggerhead nests laid in northern Florida to North Carolina.  Maternal DNA is extracted from the egg; fresh eggs provide the most reliable results.  Data extracted from the eggs is used as a type of sea turtle censuses.  The data help scientists learn more about sea turtle behavior and nesting patterns such as how often do females nest each season, do they nest each year and do they return to the beach they hatched from to nest.  If you have named a sea turtle nest on Dewees Island and would like to learn more about its genetic story, please send the nest name and year to Lori.  Genetic stories will be featured at our Nature Center display.  Stop by the Landings Building Nature Center and check out our new display this weekend.

Display created by Tara, granddaughter of Dershie and Larry McDevitt.