One of the easiest ways to be involved with the St. Croix leatherback project is to follow along with us as we report from the field studying these amazing turtles. We love to share our discoveries and stories with you – about the turtles, about our research team, and about turtle conservation in real life. … More The Second Day of Turtles…Follow along!
Welcome to our Twelve Days of Turtles! For the next twelve days, we’ll share with you how to get involved with the St. Croix Leatherback Project, and practical ways for you to help sea turtle conservation around the world. Today is the First Day – it’s Giving Tuesday today and Facebook and Paypal are matching … More First Day – Twelve Days of Turtles!
In just one week – after all the food, shopping, visiting, family and travel – comes the kickoff to the holiday giving season.. #GivingTuesday! This is a global movement for the day after Cyber Monday (in the U.S.) when we can think about how we can give to others and help the causes we believe in. … More One week until Twelve Days of Turtles!
We haven’t seen our nesting turtles now for a few months, but for one special turtle named Enid Fern, we know exactly where she is, every single day! People often ask us about the tagging we do with our turtles and if we are able to use those tags to see where the turtles are … More The story of Enid Fern, our wanderer…
Now that nearly all our nests have hatched, we can call the leatherback season at Sandy Point completed! On the last night of the season, we had one final turtle – Sarah (flipper tag = AAV640), pictured above with members of the team. Taking a long-exposure shot under nearly full moonlight was the only way … More 2018 Season wrap-up…
We were so lucky this season to have all 38 of our leatherback turtles adopted and named by supporters of the project! One of those turtles, Lucy McGillicuddy, was adopted by Penny Mabie for her partner, Barb Keogh. We were really sorry to learn that Barb recently passed away. As a lovely tribute to Barb … More In memory of Barb Keogh…turtle whisperer and project supporter..
The nesting season is winding down – just a couple of turtles left in the area – we are no longer on night patrols, so we see only their tracks on our morning surveys. But we are out full force to protect nests emerging, to dig up and inventory nests that have hatched and to … More 8 July update – hatchlings everywhere!
We are at the point in the season where the miles walked have made our legs strong and our patience immense! We did have a surge in nesting a couple of weeks ago, but now nesting has slowed and we are transitioning into more hatchling protection work. Nesting will continue to taper off now through … More 4 June update – nesting peak and hatchling emergences!
We started the night last night with hatchlings on the beach! They had just emerged and most of them had made it to the water already, apart from a few stragglers. Our team (Emma and Kenny) rounded them up and made sure they got safely down the beach and into the water. This last week … More 21 May update – Nesters and hatchlings 🙂
It’s been an epic week here in St. Croix with so many turtles and so many things to update you on! Let’s see, the main lesson is that when you are out looking for turtles, they will show up where you least expect them 🙂 For example the other night, when we were out with … More 15 May update; always surprising!