Shell on Sapelo. (Sara Weaver/DNR)

As part of #7Days4SeaTurtles, DNR sea turtle technician Sara Weaver has been posting about her work this week on Sapelo Island.

I have had a very busy summer (and I’m sure most of the other turtle technicians and staff in Georgia would say the same). A successful nesting season for the turtles means more work for us, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s been exciting to learn about sea turtles while I’ve been here, and even more thrilling to watch the females nest on the beach in the middle of the night. And being able to see that a nest has hatched successfully gives me a lot of hope for the effectiveness of our sea turtle research and conservation programs.

As for Sapelo, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the people, the beaches and the other wildlife here. This island is a great example of a place that has resisted development and worked to protect its history and unique species.

As a final note, I’d like to encourage everyone to use less plastic. You can have a lasting impact on sea turtle conservation by reducing your use!

Today marks the end of #7Days4SeaTurtles, a weeklong outreach by the DNR Wildlife Resources Division. But here’s where you can learn more about sea turtle conservation in Georgia, the Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative and ways to help DNR conserve marine turtles and other wildlife.


A loggerhead hatchling surfaces for a breath. (Sara Weaver/DNR)