What threatened species capture your interest? How about turtles?

Leatherback Turtle THIS IS RACE DAY!
    And … the turtles are offfff!

Leatherback Turtle 2     Turtles?!?
    Yes, the Great Turtle Race starts today—and, what I’d like to know is: Does this capture your interest? It’s an elaborate event sponsored by National Geographic and Conservation International for the purpose of raising global awareness about this threatened species and the health of our oceans.
    So, beyond the fun and excitement involved, there’s an important strategic question here: Does this work? Take a moment and share your thoughts.

    Here’s a quick summary of what’s happening (and you can visit the Great Turtle Race Web site to learn more): Starting today, 11 leatherback sea turtles will be tracked by satellite as they make their annual 3,700-mile trek from foraging grounds in Canada to nesting beaches in the Caribbean. (The photo at right shows one turtle with a little communications pack on his shell.)
    This is the third annual race sponsored by the National Geographic and Conservation International.
    Leatherbacks are on the U.S. Endangered Species list, meaning they are in danger of becoming extinct. Their populations are declining rapidly from egg harvest, fishery bycatch (turtles unintentionally caught by fishing gear), coastal development, and uncertain availability of food.
    I confess I didn’t know much about leatherback turtles until I heard about the Great Turtle Race. I took the Sea Turtles quiz and scored only 60% correct. Did you know (I didn’t) that leatherbacks are the largest turtles on the Earth? That their ancestry goes back more than 100 million years? That they dive deeper than any turtle—4,200 feet—and stay there for 85 minutes?
    Want to take the quiz? It’s at the Great Turtle Race site.

    Are you interested? You can watch the progress of the race on Conservation International’s web site. You can even sign up for daily updates. Or, not interested?

    What endangered or threatened species capture your interest? What habits have you changed as a result?

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