Krill Carson, President and Founder of the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance and volunteer with Mass Audubon since the 1980’s, drags a bright green sled behind her on her walk to search for stranded sea turtles at Cold Storage beach on Cape Cod. The 2020 cold-stunning season is the second busiest in the 30 years the rescue program has existed.

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Saving the Stranded

Lauren Owens Lambert | United States

Five vans, one plane, two states, one thousand miles, four organizations, two hundred people and one… banana box. On average this is what it takes to save one little life—a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. And when talking about the most endangered and smallest in the world, it’s worth every effort. Without this monumental conservation collaboration across the eastern seaboard of North America, the Kemp’s ridley might have gone extinct. In summer, the waters off of Cape Cod are warm, calm, and full of food, serving as a natural nursery for young Kemp’s ridleys. But as water temperatures plummet in winter, the turtles must migrate or perish. Many lose their way and wash up, cold-stunned, on the beaches. The phenomenon is the largest recurring sea turtle stranding event in the world. While the stranding is natural, the scale is new and may, paradoxically, be a product of successful efforts and climate change. The water temperature in this area is rising faster than 99% of other water bodies throughout the world. Because of that, it is drawing more sea turtles.

new england aquarium, massaudubon, noaa, national marine life center, turtles fly too, international leauge of conservation photographers, houston zoo, gulf center for seaturtle research, califonia accadimy of science, biographic magazine

Lauren Owens Lambert is a photo and video journalist based in the Boston area whose work has a creative focus in documenting the human aspect of conservation, Ocean health, natural resource management, climate change and our relationship with the natural world during the age of the anthropocene. In her work, she places people as part of natural cycles, a perspective that is sometimes lost in contemporary society. Her work has been published with Audubon Magazine, BioGraphic Magazine, Modern Huntsman, The Ground Truth Project, National Wildlife Magazine,  NBC, WGBH and The Boston Globe. She partners with groups such as Agence France-Presse, MIT Media Lab, The Nature Conservancy, Boston Harbor Now and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is an International League of Conservation Photographer - Emerging League and a contributing photographer with Everyday Extinction and Everyday Climate Change. Lauren is a Blue Earth Alliance project photographer, has curated and shown in exhibitions at PhotoVille and has presented work at the United Nations on the importance of visual storytelling with Ocean science and data communication under the Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Life Below Water.

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