The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project

at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

2023 Sandy Point Sea Turtle Nest Count: 1 leatherback, 4 greens, 4 hawksbills (14 March 2023)

We hope you enjoy reading about sea turtle conservation at Sandy Point!

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St. Croix Sea Turtle Project

Quick Links 🐠

Tidy Up for the Turtles – Cane Bay – Please sign up for a beach cleanup Thursday 16 March, from 8 to 11 am. Meet at The Landing Cane Bay. Prizes!

Turtle Watch 2023 Dates Announced! Apply starting 15 March at this link, which will go live at 6 am. APPLY HERE.

Sign up for our mailing list and annual newsletter. Download it here.

Track Mahogany here Friday 18 November, Mahogany – the loggerhead rescued by STAR and rehabbed by Coral World, was released. Mahogany Press Release.

Volunteer signup (We’ll contact you as positions need to be filled).

Adopt a nesting sea turtle Name your turtle and support our conservation efforts ❤️

Leatherback tracking 2022 (live, every day, see where our leatherbacks go) 2021 map Read more about the program here and see more maps.

Hawksbill tracking 2022 (updated in real time). We are tracking four of our nesting hawksbills 🐙

St. Croix Sea Turtle 2023 Nesting Totals (29 beaches: updated 14 March 2023)

Leatherbacks: 2

Hawksbills: 6

Green turtles: 5

We had our first sea turtle activity of 2023 on 4 January. Weekly updates to St. Croix nest counts will be posted here. You can find Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge totals on the top of the page (and on the sign at the refuge gate). Please check back often here, or follow us on Facebook (@stxleatherbacks) and Instagram (#stxturtles) for regular postings.

Our Sandy Point nest numbers for 2022: 59 leatherback, 1,141 green, and 185 hawksbill nests. For 2021: 94 leatherback, 1,399 green, and 234 hawksbill nests in the refuge❤️

DONATIONS KEEP US GOING! Our project operates completely on grants and donations. We are happy to receive any amount to help our conservation and sea turtle monitoring work. Donations from the public directly support young conservation students, volunteers and graduate students and are tax-deductible.

Take a look around our website. You’ll 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 studies and protects sea turtles in collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in St. Croix. We are funded by major research grants, private donors and fundraising activities. We provide extensive support for students and volunteers assisting with these projects, including field experience and training, conference attendance and costs, and mentoring during independent research projects.

Other projects of the St. Croix Sea Turtle Project include collaborative sea turtle studies in Pacific Mexico, on US mainland beaches and throughout the Wider Caribbean. We are excited to share with you our discoveries and progress 🙂

GET IN TOUCH You can contact us at stxturtles @ or follow us on Facebook and Instagram. We look forward to hearing from you.


**Above. Sandy Point Youth Conservation Corps summer students Jahsendi (left) and Yaira (right) measure Rosie, the biggest turtle of 2021, late one June afternoon ❤️

The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project is sponsored by The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, in cooperation with US Fish and Wildlife Service at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.