Each year loggerhead sea turtles cross the entire Atlantic Ocean to nest on the beaches of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Sadly, the beaches they travel hundreds of miles to reach are threatened by climate change, coastal development and increasing human use -- all dangerous for the turtles.
In March the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to protect more than 739 miles of beaches in the region as "critical habitat" -- giving loggerheads a fighting chance against the host of threats they face at the end of their epic journey.
Critical habitat is an important tool for local and national governments to help plan and manage threats to endangered species and their habitat. And it works: Species with designated critical habitat are twice as likely to be recovering as those without it.
For loggerheads this protection will mean safe places for laying eggs, and those eggs will have a better chance of survival.
Please take action now and urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize habitat protections for loggerhead sea turtles. Also check out our interactive map above of the areas proposed for protection.
May 6, 2013 Action Alert ID# 92
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