The Town is excited to announce a partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), the Kiawah Island Community Association, and the Kiawah Conservancy to support a project that is near and dear to all of us, the Northern Recovery Unit Loggerhead DNA Project.
This genetic project has been in existence for over a decade and covers all of the turtle nests in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and several beaches in northern Florida. Dr. Brian Shamblin, from the University of Georgia (UGA), leads this exciting research project. UGA researchers extract maternal DNA from eggs to identify the individual female associated with each nest and develop a census of the nesting population.
Since this is a multi-state approach, we are learning invaluable information about loggerhead nesting patterns along over 1,000 miles of the southeast coastline.
In the past, this project has been fully funded by a federal grant; however, that is no longer the situation. Due to a decrease in federal funding, the project will likely shut down if the necessary funds are not raised.