Friday was a long, hot, and tiring day. Being the last day of the week, along with spending most of the week in the sun, everyone was pretty much pooped out. We worked our way through it and walked along the beach to study dune lakes, their ecology, and a lot about their conservation. Friday was the probably the best day of my life, even though I felt like death and wanted to just float in the water instead of walking any further. The reason for pushing through was that I had the opportunity to mark my very first sea turtle nest! My career goals are to one day work with rehabilitation and conservation of these awesome creatures, so I was so excited when I saw our park ranger/ guide holding a "do not disturb sea turtle nest" sign. Earlier in the morning a Green Sea Turtle had made her way up onto the beach and laid a nest at the foot of the dunes. I was able to ask the ranger if I could assist in holding the sign on our way to the nesting site, and when we arrived she allowed me to mark the nest! It was definitely an amazing feeling and a day I will never forget.
Overall, our week at the University of West Florida was amazing. We had the opportunity to see very diverse environments just in the state of Florida that I never even knew existed. Our professors for each day, and of course Jeff Eble, made each day an experience we will never forget! Now for our last week of the FIO course at UNF!
|This doesn't even begin to show the amount of |
excitement I was holding in.
Photo Credit: Sydney Parsons
|Monday's walk over the Blackwater River|