I am so excited to get the nesting season started this year. I just feel so good and positive and ecstatic about it. One reason is because I have come to realize how many friends and experiences the sea turtles have brought to me and I am just feeling so grateful this year.
Like always, our Great WB Sea Turtle Leader, Nancy Fahey will be monitoring for nests for the first two weeks of May. And, like always, Nancy is stopping to pick up trash on the beach strand. She really "walks the walk". Below are her reports for the first 4 days.
Thank you Nancy for including such wonderful information and pictures about the birds. Too bad we are continuing to find so many balloons. As we all know, balloons are particularly threatening to sea turtles b/c they often mistake them for food. Once the turtle ingest balloons, they can become sick and may even starve as the balloon, or any foreign object for that matter, can make the sea turtle feel satiated and therefore will not eat.
One day while volunteering at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital (STH), I was helping treat Riptide, a very sick Green Sea Turtle. While I was holding Riptide in my lap for his bath, he pooped a piece of red latex balloon! There have also been other turtles that have pooped balloons at the STH.
Seaturtle.org has other photos of necropsies done on sea turtles in which balloon remnants have been found.
Balloons being released into the air may seem like an innocent educational lesson about the properties of helium, but it actually produces deadly litter for many wildlife. Not only do animals such as turtles, birds and others ingest the balloons, but they also become entangled in the string and often die as a result.
Please be responsible and dispose of balloons properly instead of releasing them. OR, better yet, do not buy them at all as they will only end up in the landfill and that trash often ends up in our environment.
Did you know that WB voted to ban balloons a couple of years ago, but that vote got reversed? However, they did vote to specifically include "releasing of balloons" in their litter ordinance. WB ordinances also prevents balloons from being used on signs and decorations.
Day 1 From Nancy