St. Catherines Scientific Research ProgramsInterns are put into proximity of a variety of scientists studying various aspects of island ecology including entomology, botany, geology, ornithology, and ecology. A recent project on the Island was the relocation of Gopher Tortoises from a sand ridge at Statesboro.
St. Catherines Archaeology ProgramArchaeological investigations of Native American interactions with the Spanish continued under sponsorship of the American Museum of Natural History. Archeological research continued to investigate the settlement pattern around the site of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale.
Wildlife on St. CatherinesWildlife abounds on St. Catherines Island. It is important to recognize that the raccoons, deer, feral hogs, turkey and other animals are wild, and have the right of way at all times.
It is sometimes difficult to communicate the hazards of approaching large wild animals to people unused to interacting with wild animals. One should not approach an alligator too closely; especially if an alligator nest is nearby!
Wildlife Survival CenterCaptive breeding programs of the Wildlife Survival Center continued under sponsorship of the New York Zoological Society leadership. Sea turtle interns were hosted on numerous tours by WSC staff members.
Popular endangered exotics included Ring Tailed Lemurs, Roughed Lemurs, and Macaque Monkeys.
Button Gwinett HouseHistorical aspects of St. Catherines Island enjoyed by interns included tours of the Button Gwinett House. This house was occupied by Button Gwinett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
South Plantation CabinVisitation of South Settlement Plantation features photogenic slave cabins and tours of the Spanish Mission, Santa Catalina de Guale.
The St. Catherines Sea Turtle Conservation Programcelebrating the best
Conservation, Research, and Education
Acknowledgmentswith special thanks to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife, St. Catherines Island Foundation, Inc., Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Georgia Southern University.
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