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  Issue No. 2236 Online Edition Thursday 30 October 2014 
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Ascension : ASCENSION ISLAND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT : Ascension Explorers - The Coast
Submitted by The Islander (Conservation Office) 21.08.2014 (Article Archived on 04.09.2014)

On our fourth and final expedition for Explorers 2014, the children spent time exploring the coast.

ASCENSION ISLAND CONSERVATION DEPARTMENT

 

Ascension Explorers – The Coast

 

On our fourth and final expedition for Explorers 2014, the children spent time exploring the coast. At Long Beach they observed a green turtle nest excavation exercise with Drs Sam and Nicola Weber. Here they were investigating the success rate of a nest that was laid in March and hatched a couple of weeks ago. They counted the number of eggs that had successfully hatched and also looked at those that hadn’t to see if they could determine the reason for failure. The nest on Long Beach was very successful, with over 85% of the eggs having hatched. The children also looked at the marine life in the turtle ponds and then finished at Georgetown swimming pool, where they completed a quiz in their groups about all four Explorers activities this year. The winning team for 2014 was the Expendables and runners up were the Wild Troopers, well done to everybody!

 

Well that is it for our Ascension Explorers 2014 - we hope that everybody enjoyed their time with us on both the wet and the sunny days. Thank you to Jolene Sim for leading a number of the activities, Kenickie Andrews, Toni Bendall, Sam and Nicola Weber, Two Boats School for loaning of the transport, Chris Helme for driving, the parents, the children and last but not least, Natasha Williams for organising. Thank you all for your help and support!

The Conservation Office in Georgetown is open from 7:30am – 10am on week days but due to fieldwork commitments, staff will only sporadically be in the office throughout the rest of the day. We also open on Saturdays 10am -12noon. Please come in and see us if you are interested in finding out more about conservation work on Ascension or if you would like to purchase something from our shop! Volunteers welcome - please contact us at the Ascension Island Conservation Centre. Georgetown. Tel: 6359. Email:  conservationenquiries@ascension.gov.ac

 

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