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Monitoring of the Critically Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Honu ʻea) on Hawaiʻi Island

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Title:Monitoring of the Critically Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Honu ʻea) on Hawaiʻi Island
Authors:Meagher, Kelsey M.
Contributors:Canale, Lisa (advisor)
Keywords:Hawaiʻi island, hawksbill sea turtle, critically endangered, Eretmochelys imbricata, nesting female, hatchling, nesting behavior, predator prevention, moon phase
Date Issued:Dec 2020
Abstract:One of the requirements of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science graduate program’s professional internship track is the successful completion of a 600-hour internship. My professional internship with the Hawai‘i Island Hawksbill Project started May 12, 2019, and ended August 18, 2019. Hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata) are a Critically Endangered species worldwide. Monitoring of the female nesting population and protecting their nest from predators is essential to ensuring that this species will continue to thrive. This internship required hiking up to 12 miles long, over rugged lava terrain, while carrying a 30-pound-plus backpack filled with personal and field equipment. The treks were necessary to reach remote beaches for monitoring the nesting behavior of the hawksbill sea turtle. Public outreach is the foremost principle of this project because outreach brings the awareness needed to motivate the island community to join and assist in protecting this vulnerable species.
Description:Graduate student professional internship report in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Professional Internship track
Pages/Duration:46 pages
Appears in Collections: TCBES Professional Internship Reports

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