Sep 30 2019

Loggerhead Project In Danger

From the Town of Kiawah Island for The Island Connection

The Town of Kiawah Island has announced a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the Kiawah Island Community Association and the Kiawah Conservancy to support the Northern Recovery Unit Loggerhead DNA Project – which could be shut down if private funds are not raised to support it.

     This project has been in existence for more than a decade and covers all of the turtle nests in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and on several beaches in Northern Florida. Dr. Brian Shamblin of the University of Georgia leads the research project. UGA researchers extract maternal DNA from eggs to identify the individual female associated with each nest and develop a census of the nesting population.

     Since this is a multistate approach, the project is compiling valuable information about loggerhead nesting patterns along over 1,000 miles of the Southeast coastline.

     In the past, this project has been fully funded by a federal grant, but that is no longer the situation – the project probably will be shut down if the necessary funds are not raised. We need your help by Oct. 1 to raise $38,000 to help ensure the continuation of this important research project. A tax-deductible donation to the Kiawah Conservancy for “Sea Turtle Research” is the best way to support the Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol.

     As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Kiawah Conservancy can receive and distribute funds for this project. 100% of donations received will go directly to support the Northern Recovery Unit Loggerhead DNA Project. You can donate online at or by mail to: Kiawah Conservancy, 80 Kestrel Court, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455. Please make checks payable to the Kiawah Conservancy and note “Sea Turtle Research” in the memo line.

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