Thank you for helping our slow friends come in first! Nest sitters are essential to the health of turtle populations. In urban, semi-urban and even exurban (rural) areas, turtle nests experience higher rates of predation because of raccoons, foxes, skunks and other animals that take advantage of human occupation. This is called subsidized nest predation. Therefore, almost all nests and eggs laid in these areas are at risk.
Once you have completed your training, take the NEST SITTER TEST
Protocols and Resources:
- Nest-sitting Protocol
- Turtle Species Guide Citizen Science 2020
- Safety Tips for General Outdoor Hazards
All turtle nest sites are reported using the Turtle Guardians App or The General Turtle Guardian Reporting Form (link)
These resources were researched and prepared by Meredith Karcz, Conservation Technician