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2014-05-23 23:00:44

In honor of the 14th annual World Turtle Day, Tulemar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, provides useful information on the best times and locations to see nesting sea turtles in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 23, 2014 Costa Rica is considered to contain the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide. While encompassing less than one percent of Earth’s landmass, this tiny country is home to an estimated four percent of the planet’s species. Five of...

Climate, Nesting Patterns Suggest Loggerhead Turtles Are Recovering
2013-12-17 10:06:48

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For loggerhead sea turtles, the number of returning nesting females in the Northwest Atlantic combined with favorable climate conditions in the preceding years are strongly related to the number of nests produced in a given year, according to a study published this month in the journal PLOS ONE. Furthermore, in what may be good news for loggerheads, which are considered threatened under the US Endangered Species Act, nesting...

USGS Study Finds Green Sea Turtles Are Utilizing Protected Habitat
2013-04-30 10:25:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new US Geological Survey (USGS) study, nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries. This study is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park. In Florida, the green sea turtles are listed as an endangered species, while in the rest of their range they are considered threatened. The habits of these turtles after...

Sea Turtle Conservation Should Include Nesting Site Protection
2013-02-19 08:13:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As various species around the world experience increasingly negative impacts from climate change, scientists are constantly looking for ways to inform the conversation around conservation. A joint team of Australian and American researchers recently published a study in the journal Global Change Biology that shows how the official protection of key breeding grounds is vital to maintaining the resilience of many sea turtle species....

GPS Used To Track Male Galapagos Tortoises Migration
2012-11-28 12:12:08

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists using GPS technology and modern 3D acceleration measurements have mapped out the annual migration of the Galapagos giant tortoise. The team from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology found that the male tortoise can travel up to 6.2 miles into the highlands of the island, and they usually start their annual migration at the beginning of the dry season. According to the findings, only the full grown animals migrate,...


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Pond Turtle, Emydidae
2014-08-06 11:33:54

Emydidae is a family that contains nearly fifty species of pond turtles, also known as marsh turtles, which can primarily be found in the Western Hemisphere. This family is most closely related to tortoises and shares a few characteristics with them including similar iliums. Most species within this family have an arched carapace, or upper shell, although some have domed shaped shells, and many have one or two ridges on the top of the shell, which is known as a keel. It is common for the top...

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ramage
  • Boughs or branches.
  • Warbling of birds in trees.
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