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GEORGIA News

From THE EDITOR

Compiled by Jennifer J. Hewett

CALEIGH QUICK / GEORGIA DNR

Loggerhead sea
turtles break
nesting record
A nesting loggerhead on Ossabaw Island returns to the Atlantic Ocean.

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oggerhead sea turtles along the Georgia coast have had a
record-breaking nesting year with more than 3,925 nests recorded.
The previous record of 3,289 nests, set in 2016, was exceeded by early
July. Nesting season extends from May through August, though it typically
slows down in mid-July.
While the loggerhead sea turtle is listed as threatened under the
Endangered Species Act, Mark Dodd, wildlife biologist at the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, notes that this recordFor three decades,
breaking year reflects a greater trend.
the number of
This can be largely attributed to several conservation
loggerhead nests
initiatives, such as the use of turtle-excluder devices, which allow
has increased by
turtles to escape from shrimp-fishing nets, and the implementaan average of
tion of nest-management initiatives that prevent predators from
about 3.5 percent
destroying turtle nests. Collaboration among federal, state and
each year.
volunteer organizations has been crucial to the success of
-Mark Dodd
sea-turtle conservation.
"Loggerhead sea turtles are a really important indicator species for
the health of the coastal marine ecosystem," Dodd says. "They are telling
us that we, as humans, are having a direct effect on the ecosystem that we
depend upon for our own survival."
For more information, visit georgiawildlife.com.
-Chaney Wynne

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October 2019

All pet owners think their furry
friends are cute and talented, but only
a few have the star quality needed to
make it as animal actors. Our cover
canine, Olivia, is part of that exclusive
fraternity.
Greg and Carol Tresan of Animal
Casting-Atlanta are experts at helping
dogs like Olivia get a paw in the door of
the film industry. See "Lights, animals,
action!" starting on page 16 to find out
how their curated list of camera-ready
critters is making its mark in the dogeat-dog world of animal showbiz.
Georgia's rivers are the lifeblood
of our region, providing drinking
water for communities, critical wildlife
habitat and recreational opportunities
for outdoor enthusiasts. No one understands this better than Georgia's river
advocates.
These organizations are the
unofficial police force of our waterways, working to restore and protect
some of the state's most valuable
resources. On page 20 we tell the story
of how these groups are helping ensure
there's enough clean water in our
rivers-now and for future generations.
Speaking of stories, have you
heard any good ones lately? You're sure
to hear many at the storytelling festivals
featured in "Weaving a tale," starting on
page 28. Storytelling is deeply rooted in
the history of the South, and in an age
of increasingly digitized entertainment,
these festivals bring communities
together to share the laughter, lessons
and joy that only a well-told tale can
deliver.
And be sure to take a look at our
calendar of events, starting on page 10,
for information about other festivals
and happenings around the state.
Additional event information can be
found in our Fall Festivals and Events
Guide on page 13 and our online
calendar at georgiamagazine.org.
Happy fall!

Laurel George
Editor


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