Hot Mamas, Cool Daddies: Researching Hawksbill Turtles on St. Croix’s Buck Island

Hawksbill turtles are on the “Critically Endangered” list, and their population has declined by about 80% over the course of the last decade. Despite this decline, Paul Hillbrand, a UVI student who studied Hawksbills on St. Croix’s Buck Island during an internship with the Park Service, says he feels optimistic about a rebound.

It’s been a decline overall but I think the populations where they’re protected and where there’s monitoring I think people are doing a really good job at protecting them and keeping the data, and understanding the fact that if we protect it and they come back they’re able to regenerate their population on their own as long as there are no outside influences. I think that it’s been very well produced and preserved at Buck Island in what the park is doing. — Paul Hillbrand, UVI student

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