Endangered Species Spotlight: Leatherback

SCCF Volunteer Permittee Kerry Salatino

May 17 is Endangered Species Day, and we’re shining a light on the federally endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), the largest turtle species on Earth and the only surviving member of its scientific family, Dermochelyidae. All six other sea turtle species are in the scientific family Cheloniidae. 

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Meet the Coastal Wildlife Interns

SCCF is thrilled to welcome five summer 2024 interns in the Coastal Wildlife Department, which leads our sea turtle and shorebird monitoring and research. Learn a bit about them below!…

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13 Bald Eagle Chicks Fledge on Islands

bald eagle adult and fledgling in nest

Thirteen bald eagle chicks (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) fledged from the 11 bald eagle nests SCCF monitored this year on Sanibel, Captiva, North Captiva, and just off-island, surpassing last year’s total of 9 chicks from 10 nests.

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First Sea Turtle Nest Laid by Leatherback

image of people next to sea turtle leatherback nest on sanibel

A leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) nest was found on Sanibel on April 24, marking the first sea turtle nest on Sanibel or Captiva Islands this season.  Leatherbacks are the largest turtle species…

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Paving the Way for Least Tern Nesting

least tern decoys

You may see fake wooden birds along the beach on Sanibel, thanks to a nest-attraction effort underway for state-threatened least terns, a beach-nesting bird species and the smallest tern species…

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