Leatherback turtles from the 2019 Season (CLICK ON names below)
In 2019, we found and named 24 individual turtles. Their summaries (nesting history, tags, adopted parents, etc.) are below. Thank you to all our supporters! All adoption funds go directly to our volunteer research assistants by providing funds for groceries!
#1. Lucky – Adopted by Sara Symons for her husband Bill. First nested on 25 March.
#2. Caroline – Adopted by Ellen and Tony Drago. First nested on 29 March.
#3. Erica – Adopted by Ellen and Tony Drago. First nested on 1 April.
#4. Ann – Adopted by volunteer Ann Mulder. First nested on 1 April.
#5. Ariella Cassandra – Adopted by Vanessa Findiesen for her grandson Ben, who gave Ariella Cassandra her name! First nest on 2 April.
#6. Maia Mia – Adopted by Vanessa Findiesen for her grandson Marcus, who gave Maia Mia her name! First nest on 3 April.
#7. Evy – Adopted by Anne Gonzales for her grand-niece Evy, who named the turtle. First nest on 5 April.
#8. Max – Adopted by Anne Gonzales for her niece Rachel, who named the turtle Max. First nest on 6 April.
#9. Kai – Adopted by Martha Henderson for her friend Ashley. First nest on 7 April.
#10. Kea – Adopted by Tawnya Merritt for her daughter Olivia, who named her turtle Kea in memory of her little dog. First nest on 7 April.
#11. Maggie – Adopted by Annabelle Orme for Tim Degraff. First nest on 13 April.
#12. Barbara Ann – Adopted by Gregg Tepe for our volunteer Tracy Cole. First appearance on 16 April (did not nest).
#13. Carol – Adopted by the Benedict Family at Cottages by the Sea for their mom, Carol. First nest on 19 April.
#14. Sadie – Adopted by Martha Henderson for Kara’s mom Sadie. First nest on 19 April.
#15. Wahine Honu – Adopted by Renee and Megan Heil at ReefBox, and named by their subscribers! First nest on 20 April.
#16. Madi – Adopted by Molly Murray. First nest on 26 April.
#17. Katrina – Adopted by Andy Simler for her granddaughter, Katrina. First nest on 28 April.
#18. Jenny – Adopted by our long-time and dedicated volunteer Amy Semple for her nature-loving mom, Jenny. First nest on 28 April.
#19. Jadie – Adopted by Sheila Wayne for her daughter Jade. Another of Sheila’s daughters – Margeaux – volunteered with us for two summers! First nest on 28 April.
#20. Nelson – Adopted by Genevieve Itamunoala for her six grandchildren. Genevieve also adopted Nelson’s nest for the season! First nest on 21 May.
#21. Tito – Adopted by Julie Flavin in honor of her daughter Tamara’s birthday. First nest on 26 May.
#22. Neisha – Adopted by Dave and Donni Benson for their daughter. First nest on 28 May.
#23. Stevie – Adopted by Dave and Donni Benson for their daughter. First nest on 1 June, in the daytime! On a remote beach that we don’t often patrol!
#24. Koda – Adopted by Tina Kovalik in memory of her dog. First nest on 9 June!
Nest Adoptions – Seven of our nests were adopted in 2019. Thank you so much to the following people who helped us take good care of our hatchlings! (Click on the nest name to see the nest results).
- Liz Tremblay adopted Lucky’s nest for her husband Shane!
- Mary Hodge adopted Evy’s first nest for Kenzie and Gracie Hodge 🙂
- Kasimir Skvorc adopted Carol’s first nest for Logan Combs.
- Peter and Jill White adopted Jenny’s first nest for the White Family.
- Ann Gonzales adopted Max’s nest for Bill, JulieAnn and the Fisher Family.
- Genevieve Itamunoala adopted Nelson’s nest for all her grandchildren!
- Ellen Maidman adopted Kea’s first nest for Bradley McPartlin!
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.