SPC hosts Gopher Tortoise inventory
On Sunday, 2/19, the SPC Seminole Campus Environmental Science Club hosted an Ecological Inventory of the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) at Honeymoon Island State Park. Coastal strand and Mesic Pine Flatwoods were inventoried for burrows documenting the size and activity status. About 700 burrows were documented on a 10-acre parcel with an estimated 300 tortoises on the property. With the student’s data land managers can make decisions regarding property burn regimes and conservation of this threatened species. Students worked with the park biologist, Dan Larremore.
All SPC students who participated also received a free State Park pass courtesy of eco-Volunteer USA.
If you’d like more information regarding the SPC Seminole Campus Environmental Science Club contact the Faculty Advisor, Kelli Stickrath, at 394-6947.
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