Date: June 14, 2006
Contact: Dan Evans
Phone: (325) 373-6441
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – As the Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) celebrates the 10th year of its successful Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking Education Program, which allows children and other Internet users around the world to watch the mysterious migrations of sea turtles being tracked by satellite, over 10 new sea turtles will be added to the migration-tracking section of CCC’s website. CCC began the international trend of tracking sea turtles on the internet for educational purposes. In the years since launching its program in 1996, CCC has been honored to see so many groups and institutions using the model it created to reach larger and larger audiences.
Since its launch, CCC’s education program has continually expanded, now boasting online visitors from 161 countries around the world. The site receives an average of over 61,000 hits every day, and last year it surpassed 16 million hits received.
As part of the program, CCC developed a free Educator’s Guide that can be downloaded from the website. Currently, there are over 15,000 teachers, representing over 450,000 students, who have registered to receive the Educator’s Guide. Thousands of these guides have been given out at events or distributed by other organizations and agencies as a valuable educational resource. It has been translated into four different languages. The Sea Turtle Migration-Tracking Education Program has involved over 150 sea turtles, representing nearly 30 research projects.
“This education program combines the mystery of sea turtle migration with state-of-the-art technology to raise awareness and support for sea turtle conservation,” said David Godfrey, CCC’s Executive Director. “It has become CCC’s most effective tool for reaching people with information about sea turtles, and its effectiveness has given rise to dozens of similar online programs around the world.”
To utilize this free program or to adopt a satellite-tagged turtle, call the CCC at 1-800-678-7853 or go directly to our website at www.conserveturtles.org. Teachers wanting to incorporate the program in their school curriculum can register online to download the free Educator’s Guide with background information, worksheets and ideas for fun, educational classroom activities.
The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. The Sea Turtle Conservancy is the oldest and most accomplished sea turtle organization in the world. Since its founding in 1959, the Sea Turtle Conservancy’s work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Conservancy has as its mission the protection of sea turtles and the habitats upon which they depend. To achieve its mission, the Sea Turtle Conservancy uses research, habitat protection, public education, community outreach, networking and advocacy as its basic tools. These tools are applied in both international and domestic programs focusing on geographic areas that are globally important to sea turtle survival. For more information, visit the STC website atwww.conserveturtles.org or call (800) 678-7853.