The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project

at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge

2022 Sandy Point Sea Turtle Nest Count! 59 leatherbacks, 1,077 greens, 174 hawksbills (20 November 2022)

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

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St. Croix Sea Turtle Project

Quick Links 🐠

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

Order a beautiful 2023 Sea Turtle Art Calendar here! ($20 each!) See donation page for details. See the winning entries!

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

Subscribe to our mailing list (quarterly)!

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 tagged hawksbills 🐙

St. Croix Sea Turtle Nesting Totals (24 beaches: updated 17 November 2022)

Leatherbacks: 125

Hawksbills: 670

Green turtles: 2,237

We had our first sea turtle activity of 2022 on 17 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 2021 numbers ended as follows: 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 Sea Turtle Census 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 seaturtlecensus @ 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.