Hey kids, tomorrow is World Turtle Day!
Who knew that there was a national turtle day and a host of other national animal days to celebrate rare and endangered species. In fact, today is the International Day for Biological Diversity.
I think sea turtles are amazing, we had the opportunity to visit a rescue facility down at South Padre several years ago. The kids could see the turtles, feed them and learn about why they needed to be rescued and what is happening to them in the wild. Click here to learn about Sea Turtle Inc. and the different varieties of turtles you can find in south Texas. The photo above is of a green turtle. I was stunned by the sheer size and age of the turtles.
Last summer on our annual trek to Petite Riviere, Nova Scotia, we went for a walk on one of our favorite beaches, Cherry Hill beach. This is a great beach for collecting cool, round smooth beach rocks and is home to piping plovers, a protected species. This year we came across a dead leatherback sea turtle that must have weighed 500 pounds and was at least 6 feet long. It was quite a discovery and adventure for our kids and for us. Look how small my 10 year old son looks in comparison.
I found out about World Turtle Day thanks to a press release from an organization called RARE, a US-based global non-profit conservation agency. Brett Jenks is CEO of RARE. Rare (www.RareConservation.org) works with its many partners in over 50 countries to protect hundreds of species that inhabit our Earth. To date, six of Rare’s ‘Pride’ campaigns have featured the endangered Sea Turtle as their mascot; hence, Rare is asking the public to join them in celebrating ‘World Turtle Day’ on May 23, as well as reminding people that May 22 is ‘International Day for Biological Diversity.’
Regarding the history of ‘World Turtle Day’ on May 23, Jenks informs us that “the holiday began in 2000 and was launched by a group called The American Tortoise Rescue, run from Malibu, California. Its intention is to highlight ways we can protect and preserve these historic, gentle, but jeopardized animals and their habitats. The U.S. Humane Society now runs surveys at this time of the year to discover how well turtles are thriving in different parts of the world. The reason this date was chosen is because May is a busy month for turtles. Many of them have recently emerged from winter hibernation and are starting their search for mates and nesting areas. “
Rare (www.RareConservation.org) is the leader in social marketing for global biodiversity conservation — with a successful track record in more than 50 countries to date. The non-profit based in Arlington, Virginia, trains and supports leaders from the world’s top environmental organizations, local grassroots groups, and governments. To date, Rare has trained hundreds of local leaders in the developing world, whose campaigns have influenced more than 6.8 million people living in over 2,400 remote communities. Rare’s goal is to be able to scale these results many times over.
For four years in a row, Rare was named one of Fast Company magazine’s ‘Top Social Capitalists.’ Rare is a lead content provider for National Geographic’s new Global Action Alert.