Non-invasive nocturnal surveys of sea turtle nesting beaches at La Flor (Pacific) Nicaragua, and Pacuare Reserve and Tortuguero (Caribbean) Costa Rica, July 2013

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Stephanie Duenas, Laszlo Kover, Dmitriy Korobitsyn and Falk Huettmann
Publication_Date: 20130731
Title:
Non-invasive nocturnal surveys of sea turtle nesting beaches at La Flor (Pacific) Nicaragua, and Pacuare Reserve and Tortuguero (Caribbean) Costa Rica, July 2013
Edition: 1
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: database
Series_Information:
Series_Name: 1
Issue_Identification: 1
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: University of Alaska-Fairbanks
Publisher: Maderas Rainforest Conservancy
Other_Citation_Details: None
Online_Linkage: Maderas Rainforest Conservancy
Description:
Abstract:
Marine turtles on the nesting beaches of La Flor public beach (latitude11.14282, longitude 11.14282, geographic datum WGS84), Pacific Nicaragua, and Pacuare Reserve public beach (latitude 10.20123, longitude 83.25925) and Tortuguero (latitude 10.59583, longitude 83.52520) , Caribbean, Costa Rica were observed during late hours after sunset. Observations where noninvasive, geo-referenced and observers stayed three meters away from the sea turtles, according to the national requirements (no light, and some limited red light was used for field clarifications). Many surrounding attributes were taken into consideration and measured including date, time, species, location, observed cysts present in the facial region, visually estimated carapace length, other disturbances present on the beach, number of people/tourists and dogs present, plastic encountered, and if applicable, start and end time of specific activities of nesting (such as start of nest time, start of egg laying and start of Ridley dance.) These data are part of a citizen science project and from a sea turtle fieldclass with Maderas Rainforest Conservancy. This dataset consists of an MS Excel sheet and is less than 1MB in size. Some photoes were taken to present the beaches and procedures.
Purpose:
To observe and record non-invasive data of nesting sea turtles on the public beach of La Flor beach (Pacific) in Nicaragua and Pacuare Reserve and Turtuguero (Caribbean), Costa Rica.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 20130706
Ending_Date: 20130723
Currentness_Reference: observed
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
La Flor is a public beach located in southwest Nicaragua. It is a narrow and curved beach of 1.5km length that has high rock cliffs at either end. The beach is mostly sandy, but has one edge with pebbles and rocks. Right at the beach edge is a forest that then leads to a camping ground with a ranger station. Pacuar Reserve hosts Playa Vigilada which is 6km in length with a station located on the south end and an additional station located in the north. A tropical forest lines the shore of the beach with a brackish river running on the other side of the forest which leads into the ocean. Tortuguero is a public sand beach and we surveyed 1.75km.
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: 85.79651
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 83.23883
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 11.14682
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 10.19951
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: Turtle nesting
Theme_Keyword: Turtle tracks
Theme_Keyword: Pacuare Reserve
Theme_Keyword: Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Theme_Keyword: Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
Theme_Keyword: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Theme_Keyword: Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Theme_Keyword: La Flor Beach
Theme_Keyword: Costa Rica
Theme_Keyword: Nicaragua
Theme_Keyword: Central America
Theme_Keyword: Ecology
Theme_Keyword: Conservation
Theme_Keyword: Testudines
Theme_Keyword: Reptiles
Theme_Keyword: Caribbean
Theme_Keyword: Pacific
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Park Service Theme Category Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: Turtle nesting
Theme_Keyword: Turtle tracks
Theme_Keyword: Pacuare Reserve
Theme_Keyword: Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Theme_Keyword: Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
Theme_Keyword: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Theme_Keyword: Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Theme_Keyword: La Flor Beach
Theme_Keyword: Costa Rica
Theme_Keyword: Nicaragua
Theme_Keyword: Central America
Theme_Keyword: Ecology
Theme_Keyword: Conservation
Theme_Keyword: Testudines
Theme_Keyword: Reptiles
Theme_Keyword: Caribbean
Theme_Keyword: Pacific
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: Turtle nesting
Theme_Keyword: Turtle tracks
Theme_Keyword: Pacuare Reserve
Theme_Keyword: Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea)
Theme_Keyword: Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
Theme_Keyword: Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Theme_Keyword: Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Theme_Keyword: La Flor Beach
Theme_Keyword: Costa Rica
Theme_Keyword: Nicaragua
Theme_Keyword: Central America
Theme_Keyword: Ecology
Theme_Keyword: Conservation
Theme_Keyword: Testudines
Theme_Keyword: Reptiles
Theme_Keyword: Caribbean
Theme_Keyword: Pacific
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Nicaragua
Place_Keyword: La Flor
Place_Keyword: Central America
Place_Keyword: Pacuare Reserve
Place_Keyword: Tortuguero
Place_Keyword: Costa Rica
Place_Keyword: Pacific
Place_Keyword: Caribbean
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Park System Unit Name Thesaurus
Place_Keyword: Nicaragua
Place_Keyword: La Flor
Place_Keyword: Central America
Place_Keyword: Pacuare Reserve
Place_Keyword: Tortuguero
Place_Keyword: Costa Rica
Place_Keyword: Pacific
Place_Keyword: Caribbean
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: National Park System Unit Code Thesaurus
Place_Keyword: Nicaragua
Place_Keyword: La Flor
Place_Keyword: Central America
Place_Keyword: Pacuare Reserve
Place_Keyword: Tortuguero
Place_Keyword: Costa Rica
Place_Keyword: Pacific
Place_Keyword: Caribbean
Taxonomy:
Keywords/Taxon:
Taxonomic_Keyword_Thesaurus: Testudines
Taxonomic_Keywords: Vertebrate
Taxonomic_Keywords: Reptile
Taxonomic_Keywords: marine turtle
Taxonomic_Keywords: Olive Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea, TSN 173840)
Taxonomic_Keywords: Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea TSN 173843)
Taxonomic_Keywords: Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata TSN 208666)
Taxonomic_Keywords: Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas TSN 173833)
Taxonomic_System:
Classification_System/Authority:
Classification_System_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Unknown
Publication_Date: Unknown
Title:
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:
Classification_System_Modifications: itis.org
Identification_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: authors
Publication_Date: Unknown
Title:
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:
Taxonomic_Procedures: ID in the field
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Kingdom
Taxon_Rank_Value: Animalia
Applicable_Common_Name: Animal
Applicable_Common_Name: animaux
Applicable_Common_Name: animals
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Phylum
Taxon_Rank_Value: Chordata
Applicable_Common_Name: cordés
Applicable_Common_Name: cordado
Applicable_Common_Name: chordates
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Subphylum
Taxon_Rank_Value: Vertebrata
Applicable_Common_Name: vertebrado
Applicable_Common_Name: vertébrés
Applicable_Common_Name: vertebrates
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Class
Taxon_Rank_Value: Reptilia
Applicable_Common_Name: répteis
Applicable_Common_Name: reptiles
Applicable_Common_Name: Reptiles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Order
Taxon_Rank_Value: Testudines
Applicable_Common_Name: terrapins
Applicable_Common_Name: tortoises
Applicable_Common_Name: tortues
Applicable_Common_Name: Turtles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Family
Taxon_Rank_Value: Cheloniidae
Applicable_Common_Name: marine turtles
Applicable_Common_Name: modern sea turtles
Applicable_Common_Name: Sea Turtles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus
Taxon_Rank_Value: Chelonia
Applicable_Common_Name: Green Sea Turtles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Species
Taxon_Rank_Value: Chelonia mydas
Applicable_Common_Name: Green Sea Turtle
Applicable_Common_Name: Tortuga-marina verde-del Atlántico
Applicable_Common_Name: common green sea turtle
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus
Taxon_Rank_Value: Eretmochelys
Applicable_Common_Name: Hawksbill Sea Turtles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Species
Taxon_Rank_Value: Eretmochelys imbricata
Applicable_Common_Name: hawksbill sea turtle
Applicable_Common_Name: carey
Applicable_Common_Name: Hawksbill
Applicable_Common_Name: Tortuga-marina de carey
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus
Taxon_Rank_Value: Lepidochelys
Applicable_Common_Name: Ridley Sea Turtles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Species
Taxon_Rank_Value: Lepidochelys olivacea
Applicable_Common_Name: olive ridley sea turtle
Applicable_Common_Name: Pacific ridley
Applicable_Common_Name: Pacific ridley sea turtle
Applicable_Common_Name: Olive Ridley
Applicable_Common_Name: Tortuga-marina escamosa-del Pacífico
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Family
Taxon_Rank_Value: Dermochelyidae
Applicable_Common_Name: leatherback turtles
Applicable_Common_Name: Leatherback Sea Turtles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus
Taxon_Rank_Value: Dermochelys
Applicable_Common_Name: Leatherback Sea Turtles
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Species
Taxon_Rank_Value: Dermochelys coriacea
Applicable_Common_Name: leatherback sea turtle
Applicable_Common_Name: leatherback turtle
Applicable_Common_Name: Leatherback
Applicable_Common_Name: Tortuga-marina laúd
Applicable_Common_Name: tinglar
Applicable_Common_Name: tortue luth
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: None
Data_Set_Credit:
Madera's Rainforest Conservancy ITIS.org
Security_Information:
Security_Classification_System: NA
Security_Classification: Unclassified
Security_Handling_Description: NA
Native_Data_Set_Environment: Note book and PC
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: James R. Spotila
Publication_Date: 2004
Title:
Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation
Edition: 1
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:
Analytical_Tool:
Analytical_Tool_Description: GPS in the field
Tool_Access_Information:
Tool_Access_Instructions:

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Completeness_Report:
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: GPS, +- 10m
Lineage:
Methodology:
Methodology_Type: Field
Methodology_Description:
We walked on the public beach, usually with a guide or tourists. When turtle was found, e.g. nesting, we followed usual procedures and colleted all data as specified. This survey is opportunistic and covers usually the time 7PM til 2AM. Some photos were taken of the habitat and situation once the turtle was done with nesting or gone.
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Field book and PC + GPS, some photos of the habitat and once the turtle was gone.
Process_Date: Unknown

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Indirect_Spatial_Reference:
La Flor beach, Nicaragua Playa Vigilada, Costa Rica

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 0.001
Longitude_Resolution: 0.001
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: World Geodetic System of 1984
Ellipsoid_Name: World Geodetic System of 1984
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.25722210088

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: Turtle Nesting Accounts
Entity_Type_Definition:
Data collected when encountering turtle tracks or a nesting turtle.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Month
Attribute_Definition: Month of the year
Attribute_Definition_Source: calendar
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Day
Attribute_Definition: Day of the month
Attribute_Definition_Source: calendar
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: year
Attribute_Definition: year data was collected
Attribute_Definition_Source: calendar
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Start time of observation
Attribute_Definition: Time when first starting to observe
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer, watch
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: End of observation
Attribute_Definition: time when observers left field sight
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer, watch
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Beach
Attribute_Definition: Beach in which observations were made
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Observers
Attribute_Definition: Observers making observations
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Latitude
Attribute_Definition: latitude of location if applicable
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer, GPS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: longitude
Attribute_Definition: longitude of observation
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer, GPS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Altitude
Attribute_Definition: altitude of location if applicable
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer, GPS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Species
Attribute_Definition: common name of species observed
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: scientific name
Attribute_Definition: species scientific name of animals observed
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: carapace length
Attribute_Definition: length of turtle carapace from anterior to posterior end
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Succesfull Nesting
Attribute_Definition: yes or no if the nesting wsa completed. eggs laid and covered
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Military guards present
Attribute_Definition:
counting, if any, military guards present during observational period.
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: People present
Attribute_Definition: people, tourists, or locals present at the time of observation
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Dogs
Attribute_Definition: Dogs present during observation period
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Light disturbance
Attribute_Definition: yes or no if light was present during the time of nesting
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Sound Disturbance
Attribute_Definition:
yes or no if any sound was present, including talking, during time of nesting
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Digging Disturbance
Attribute_Definition: yes or no, if digging occured behind nesting female.
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: distance from tree line
Attribute_Definition: distance from the tree line to the nesting turtle if applicable
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Starting of digging time
Attribute_Definition: time in which female began digging nest if applicable
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Start of egg laying
Attribute_Definition: time at start of egg laying if applicable
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: start of ridley dance
Attribute_Definition:
start of ridley dance, or compression of sand over the eggs, if applicable
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: end of nesting
Attribute_Definition: time of end of nesting
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Plastic
Attribute_Definition: plastic encountered by turtle when going back to the ocean
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: cysts
Attribute_Definition:
observed if cysts werre present in the facial region of the turtle
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Bite marks
Attribute_Definition: yes or no, if bite marks were present on the the turtle
Attribute_Definition_Source: observer

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Contact Author
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
City:
State_or_Province:
Postal_Code:
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
Distribution_Liability: none
Standard_Order_Process:
Fees: None

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20130712
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Stephanie Duenas, Falk Huettmann
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 419 Irving I
City: Fairbanks
State_or_Province: Alaska
Postal_Code: 99775
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 907 474 7882
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: fhuettmann@alaska.edu
Hours_of_Service: business days
Contact_Instructions: by phone, in person, or email
Metadata_Standard_Name:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001.1-1999

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