Grant: 05-004E
Project Title: Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Public Education Program
Project Manager: Maura Kraus
Organization: Collier County Environmental Services Dept. (Florida Government)
Grant Amount: $3,800.00
Completion Date: 2006-08-29

Summary: Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Public Education Program: The Collier County Sea Turtle Protection Plan Public Awareness Program aims to enhance public knowledge of the county marine turtle program. A main goal of the program is to increase local community and visitor awareness of marine turtle issues. The program hopes to establish a more informed public by creating and distributing educational items. By educating the local community we expect to significantly decrease lighting problems that cause disorientations, and considerably reduce human-related disturbances that plague the threatened loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta).

Results: All tasks have been completed and distribution of the rulers, bookmarks and postcards has begun, and will continue until quantities are extinguished. We have received a lot of positive feedback and are looking forward to new and innovative ideas. (Author: Maura Kraus)