We are fortunate on Little St. Simons to have the opportunity to work in cooperation with state and other agencies on biology projects with certain animals. Sometimes in research projects, satellite transmitters are used to track animal movement and migration. In the past few months several individual birds called Marbled Godwits were captured on Little St. Simons Island and fitted with transmitters as part of a bigger project. Also, a sea turtle that was rescued off of our island was released and she was given a transmitter.
How can you find out where the animals that received transmitters have went? We would like to introduce you to a great resource on the internet, a site where you can do just that. There are tons of species from all around the world that you can track as well. The website is www.seaturtle.org.
For our turtle, click on “Simone.” She was rescued off our island in July 2008. The Marbled Godwits, on the other hand, don’t have names assigned to them. You can scroll down until you see godwits listed. The birds banded and given transmitters on our island are known by their numbers. They are 80797, 84201, 84202, 84203, 84204, and 84205.
Keep up with “our” animals and many others by exploring the www.seaturtle.org site, but make sure you leave yourself lots of time, because it is addictive!