Olive Ridley Turtles
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NMFS Olive Ridley Turtle Page
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Turtle Page - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Project Migration is collaborative educational program that brings international scholars, teachers, and students together to study marine conservation, coastal development, and sustainable conservation policy. The program concentrates on sea turtle biology and conservation in Mexico, and currently focuses on nest conservation and migration patterns of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles along the Jalisco Coast. Project Migration is currently supported by Western Connecticut State University, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Yale-Peabody Museum of Natural History, Wooster School, and The University of Guadalajara. Project Migration seeks to increase the number of Connecticut Schools participating in this intercultural science education program, and schools interesting in learning more about the program should contact Dr. Theodora Pinou at Pinout@wcsu.edu. Published and tested curricula and ideas on how to integrate the data into classroom lessons that are aligned with National Science Standards are available upon request.
In summary, Project Migration bridges inquiry science and applied technology by engaging students here and in Mexico in satellite communication technology which participating students use to track their adopted sea turtle. Students implement mathematical skills to determine the location of their turtle, and simultaneously predict global weather patterns by collecting data on the ecology of their turtle's immediate surroundings (i.e., sea surface temperature, and ocean currents). Connecticut students and their sister school counterparts in Guadalajara work together to track turtles and discuss potential dangers experienced by their adopted turtle.
The goal of the project is to increase communication and understanding between diverse cultures, whereby voluntarily building common solutions to global problems.
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