Earth Day 2019 - Protect Endangered Species
Do you have a grudge against sea turtles? (I know they may seem a bit arrogant, gliding through the ocean without a care, as if they own the place…) No, of course you don’t! They are peaceful and beautiful ocean-dwelling reptiles that play a special part in our ocean ecosystem.
According to this report by Oceana (whose tagline is literally Protecting the World’s Oceans), sea turtles:
“…have played vital roles in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans for more than 100 million years. These roles range from maintaining productive coral reef ecosystems to transporting essential nutrients from the oceans to beaches and coastal dunes.”
Unfortunately, the World Wildlife Fund says that sea turtles are one of the most endangered species in the world right now.
So, presumably you’d agree that sea turtles should be protected? Great! We’re on the same page, and aligned with the theme of this year’s Earth Day: protecting endangered species. This year, Earth Day is Monday, April 22, 2019.
But how can sea turtles be protected? Generally, the work being done to study and save sea turtles falls into three categories:
- Reduce sea turtle interactions and mortalities in commercial fisheries
- Protect key habitat areas on land and in the water
- Pass legislation to protect and restore sea turtle populations
Some of our customers are working very hard on #2, to ensure that sea turtles are being protected. Check out the stories below to read more:
- Tracking Water Level to Save Sea Turtle Nests
- Predicting Sea Turtle Gender through Temperature Monitoring
P.S. - Earth Day is in its 49th year (it began in 1970), the same year that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operations. Coincidence?
P.P.S - If you’re getting started in underwater or water level logging, check out the free resources below:
If you read the above resources and think you have an application that could use a water level, water temp, or water quality data logger, check out the links below:
If you are using a HOBO data logger to study or help protect an endangered species, we’d love to shout about your awesome work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.