The St. Croix Sea Turtle Project

by The Sea Turtle Census Initiative — A project @ The Ocean Foundation

Current Nest Count: Green - 1,113, Hawksbill - 90, Leatherback - 76 (updated 18 Oct 2020)

See how you can join in the effort! Read on for more information. Thank you!


About the Project…

What’s NEW? 

2020 brought everyone new challenges, but the sea turtles paid no attention! Soon we’ll be updating these pages to let you know what happened at Sandy Point with the turtles during the 2020 season. It was a remarkable year despite the challenges. Please check back often, or follow us on Facebook (@stxleatherbacks) and Instagram (#stxturtles)!

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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!

Leatherback Tracking Map Here! Find out which turtles we tracked in 2020 and read more about it on our Tracking Page 🙂

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 @ or follow us on Facebook! We look forward to hearing from you.


The Sandy Point Sea Turtle Project (Sea Turtle Census Initiative) is a sponsored project of The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.