Week One. The season is underway!

While we won’t be doing night surveys for a little while yet because the turtles are not coming regularly right now, we are checking for crawls (tracks) and nests every morning. And so far we have found TWO nests! It’s early going, but we will be checking on progress each day.

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A typical leatherback crawl (this is the return track).

Also this week, Masters student Haley and volunteer Donna traveled around St. Croix to put up posters for Turtle Watch. Each year this program brings resident schoolchildren and community groups to Sandy Point to see nesting and hatchling turtles. We’ll begin taking requests for signup on 28 March.

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Haley (left) and Donna (right) put up Turtle Watch posters in St. Croix schools.

We’ll be updating progress each week from now on! Please consider a donation to the project to support our programs and research assistants! Thank you 🙂

The St. Croix Leatherback Project is supported by the Sea Turtle Census Initiative, which is sponsored by  The Ocean Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, based in Washington, D.C., but working globally to protect our oceans.

All photos on this website were taken under appropriate Endangered Species Permits during the course of approved research. No photos may be reproduced, or copied and used without permission. Thank you. 

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