2020 was a remarkable year despite the challenges. We are planning for the next sea turtle nesting season, which will begin 1 March. In the meantime, we’ll be compiling final nest counts, waiting for the few remaining nests to hatch and writing our annual reports. Please check back often here, or follow us on Facebook (@stxleatherbacks) and Instagram (#stxturtles) for regular postings as we get ready for 2021!
DONATE TO OUR PROJECTS! We are happy to receive any amount to help our conservation work. Donations directly support young conservation students, volunteers and graduate students and are tax-deductible!
We satellite-tracked leatherback turtles this year!
Welcome to the St. Croix Sea Turtle Project website! Here you will find information about the intensive sea turtle research and conservation that has been going on since 1977 at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. The main focus of the work has been leatherback turtles, but green and hawksbill turtles also nest on these critically important beaches. The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project is funded by the Sea Turtle Census Initiative – we study and protect turtles in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in St. Croix. We also provide extensive support for students and volunteers assisting with these projects.
Other projects of the Sea Turtle Census include sea turtle studies in Pacific Mexico, US mainland beaches and the Wider Caribbean. We are excited to share with you our discoveries and progress for these programs!
GET IN TOUCH! You can contact us at seaturtlecensus @ gmail.com or follow us on Facebook! We look forward to hearing from you.