Sea Turtle Conservation
The Sea Turtle Conservancy, formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. An international nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, Sea Turtle Conservancy was founded in 1959 by world-renowned sea turtle expert Dr. Archie Carr to save sea turtles from eminent extinction through rigorous science-based conservation. Headquartered in Florida, the organization carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which depend upon. Over the course of 55 years, Sea Turtle Conservancy’s research programs have yielded much of what is now known about sea turtles and the threats they face, and the organization is applying this knowledge to carry out the world’s most successful sea turtle protection and recovery programs. To learn more click here.
SEA TURTLE TRACKERS
Sea Turtle Trackers (STT) Founder President, Bruno Falkenstein, has been monitoring and helping sea turtles for almost 40 years as a labor of love and a way to give back. He receives no money for doing this. For many years, he did it all on his own. In the past few years, he’s been working with some other volunteers. In 2013 they incorporated as a non-profit. Note only those who are listed on a marine turtle permit – issued by the Florida Wildlife Commission – are allowed to work with the turtles. The FWC has strict guidelines, procedures and reporting requirements. Everyone in the organization is a volunteer, even Bruno. Their goal is to mitigate the negative impacts of intensive human use of sea turtle habitat with as little intervention as possible, providing a natural experience for the reproduction of turtles on our beaches. Turtle Joe Widlansky works closely with Bruno and is on St Pete beach every morning during turtle season. Stop by and say hello!
ST AUGUSTINE BEACH
Injured and sick endangered sea turtles come ashore in Florida’s waters throughout the year. Before the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab opened, sea turtles that were stranded in the Nassau, Duval, St. Johns and Flagler county areas that make up Northeast Florida had to be transported to facilities in Georgia or central Florida, and often spent hours in transit – time that was critical to the survival of the sick or injured sea turtle. Not only did the influx of these turtles cramp the space available to turtles washing in from the regions where the rehab facilities exist, but none of the surrounding hospitals were permitted to take turtles with the Fibropapilloma (FP) virus – the most significant infectious disease among sea turtles in our waters. Now that the Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab is open, the team cares for injured or sick sea turtles with Fibropapilloma found throughout Northeast Florida. In 2016, its first full year open, the hospital rehabilitated and returned nine sea turtles back into the wild. For further information click here.
GUY HARVEY OUTPOST ST. PETE BEACH
Turtle Trackers conducts free Turtle Talks Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at the Guy Harvey Outpost St Pete Beach and the organization welcomes volunteers to accompany them on their beachfront rounds. For more information on St. Pete Beach click here.
GUY HARVEY RESORT ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH
Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab
While visiting St Augustine be sure to stop by the The Sea Turtle Hospital at Whitney Lab, which offers tours on the second and fourth Thursday of the month and second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Cost is $15 per person. There is a limit of 10 people per tour, so make your reservations early!
GUY HARVEY OUTPOST GALAPAGOS
SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
Visit Galapagos and use the Promo Code: TURTLES and 5% of your room reservation will go to sea turtle conservation. Sea Turtle lovers can snorkel Isla Lobos, Los Loberia, Kicker Rock to snorkel with the Sea Turtles. Click here for more information about Galapagos.
GUY HARVEY OUTPOST ABACO, BAHAMAS
BRENDALS DIVE CENTER
Books Abaco with the Promo Code: TURTLES and 5% of your room reservation will go to sea turtle conservation. Sea Turtle lovers please visit the Brendal’s Dive Center for their Wild Turtle Encounter & Kayaking Tour. Click here for more information Green Turtle Cay.