[Video link coming soon] Together with Broward County, NSU faculty, staff, and students will operate the Carpenter House Marine Environmental Education Center. Set to open in 2017, the only facility of its kind in Broward will be open to the public and feature marine environment outreach programs. The venture builds upon a partnership spanning more than 25 years.
For nearly three decades, NSU has also operated the Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program patrolling 24 miles of coastline to help protect the nesting areas of three specific species: the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (threatened); the Green Sea Turtle (endangered); and the largest of the three, the Leatherback Sea Turtle (critically endangered). Divided into squads, the NSU team goes to the beach at dawn, from Hillsboro to Hallandale, following the tracks to mark the nests. In successive weeks they monitor progress until the hatchlings have safely found their way back to the sea.
The team also records valuable research data to share with Broward County, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other agencies. If they make it to maturity (~30 years), female sea turtles return year after year to the nesting grounds where they were born. More than two-thirds of U.S. sea turtle nesting occurs in Florida. But sea turtles are now endangered from myriad stressors and causes. Sadly, the Sea Turtle Conservancy reports that only one in 1,000 to 10,000 are expected to make it to adulthood.
The Carpenter House marks a big step forward as the first step in conserving our endangered species is education. In addition to the beach patrolling, NSU students, faculty and staff will now welcome visitors to learn about our environment and sea turtles on a year-round basis.
You can help save sea turtles by keeping beaches clean, avoiding unnecessary lighting at night, reporting sick or injured sea turtles by calling 954-328-0580, and by supporting our programs. If you are interested in marine biology or conservation education, please visit to learn more about undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs at NSU.
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