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San Gabriel River Sea Turtle Monitoring

San Gabriel River Sea Turtle Monitoring

Citizen scientists volunteer with the Aquarium of the Pacific to collect observational data on these turtles through the San Gabriel River Sea Turtle Monitoring Project.

The San Gabriel watershed is a unique, urban watershed with a special feature: it is the northernmost known home for Pacific green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). The Aquarium of the Pacific has teamed up with the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority, Tidal Influence, and NOAA Fisheries conservation and wildlife management groups in order to learn more about this population of sea turtles. Citizen scientists volunteer with the Aquarium of the Pacific to collect observational data on these turtles through the San Gabriel River Sea Turtle Monitoring Project.

What is a citizen scientist?

A citizen scientist is a volunteer who is contributing to scientific observation or data collection. For field studies which required or are enhanced by observation from multiple locations over a period of time, citizen scientists can be invaluable.

The citizen scientists who volunteer for the San Gabriel River Pacific Green Sea Turtle Monitoring Project contribute observational data, which is used by NOAA, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority to learn more about the sea turtle populations in the river and wetlands areas that comprise the northernmost known year-round habitats for the Pacific green sea turtle.

Join our team of citizen scientists

The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Los Cerritos Wetlands Authority need your help to learn more about our local population of Pacific green sea turtles.

Monitoring events take place on the first Saturday morning of each month. Volunteers watch, count, and record each sea turtle sighting for 30 minutes at stations arranged at set intervals along the San Gabriel River where sea turtles are known to surface. The data collected will be recorded and used to understand how many individual sea turtles might be living in the San Gabriel River and to help with additional tracking and monitoring efforts.

Join us in this exciting opportunity to help scientists better understand this urban population of green sea turtles residing in our own back yard!