Preparation for 2015 turtle season is going strong!

As staff are busy preparing and planning for another turtle stranding season, guest blogger Sarah will let you in on some of the building and office work that are underway.

We may no longer have any turtles from the 2014 stranding season still in house, but this is no time of year to relax. As much as none of us want to admit it, it is beginning to cool off outside (maybe not during the day, but at least overnight temperatures are decreasing!). The end of the summer months means that the next turtle stranding season is going to be upon us before we know it.

One of the last 2014 Kemp's ridley sea turtles return to the water at Assateague Island, Maryland. You can follow four of the turtles from 2014 here. 

We have been very busy here already preparing for the upcoming stranding season. Since the 2014 stranding season smashed our previous records, staff have decided to prepare for another monster year. Here are some of the projects we have been busy completing.

Files for 1500 turtles are being made!
Lindsay, Lena, and Liz are all busy getting folders and turtle bands ready for our arrivals.

This is what 500 records look like. 1/3 of the way there.
 We need to make sure our towels are well stocked.

Doing some repairs to tanks and life support.
Installing new tanks and redoing the plumbing.

Getting some support brackets ready for a chiller.
Repainting and reorganizing our clinic.
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Creating an inventory of our loggerhead kennels.
Sightings of loggerheads are up this summer. Early predictions are stating that we might have another big loggerhead year. As contrasted to last season where we only had 13 of that species come to the animal care center.
Could it be another year like this:

Stay tuned...

Thanks, Sarah!

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