ENGLEWOOD — Coastal Wildlife Club made a presentation about sea turtle conservation at the Rotonda West Woman’s Club meeting held in the Rotonda West American Legion Post 113 Thursday.
‘What we’d like to do today is to give some information to the people who are here about the work that we do,’ said Linda DesRoches, a speaker for the Coastal Wildlife Club. ‘A lot of work that we do relates to patrolling the beaches in this area and we try to mark off each of the nests in the morning, the day the nest happened.
CWC members document information about turtle nests, then report to the state.
‘That gives the people in the state biologists’ information so that they can do the work that they do at the state and federal level to help keep track of nesting of Florida beaches,’ DesRoches said.
The presentation was due to the community service program the woman’s club set up that reports annually a topic of interest in a form of a program.
‘The Woman’s Club is an international organization,’ said Charlotte Arcadia, president of the Rotonda West chapter. ‘We’re just one club of about 100,000 in the United States, and they all have the same thing — an arts program, conservation, education, home life, public issues and domestic violence. Each one of the chairmen have to do a report or a program during the year.’
The conservation group chose to feature the CWC.
‘I’ve been walking for the sea turtles for three years now,’ said Jane Merritt. ‘My sister and I joined the woman’s club and she got into the conservation club. She’s in the committee and she said, ‘We have to do a presentation. Would someone like to talk about the sea turtles from the Coastal Wildlife Club?”
DesRoches said she is not sure if the CWC does many speaking engagements but the organization is somewhat active within the community.
‘One of the primary things the group does is during the summer with teacher workshops,’ DesRoches said. ‘So people who may have been teachers in another situation, another life, another state, or perhaps they retired, those people will work with (Vice President) Wilma (Katz) and me. We try to do at least two each summer with teachers in this area. We help those teachers who can go back to the classrooms with information about the sea turtles.’
The presentation provided an overview of what normally goes on in a turtle patrol, turtle nesting habits, predators, and other issues that affect hatchling survival like non-natural light.
‘That’s why we have the turtles today and that’s apropos to our area,’ Arcadia said. ‘Something that happens in our area.’