We can’t wait to launch into our Twelve Days of Turtles starting tomorrow! See how you can become involved in the St. Croix Leatherback Project, from volunteering, to learning, to meeting our challenges over the next twelve days! Like or follow our Facebook page to keep up to date and join the fun! The St. … More Twelve Days of Turtles starts tomorrow!
We are now just one week away from Giving Tuesday! Our goal will be to raise $500 toward leatherback research for 2020! Have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving week! 😉 The St. Croix Leatherback Project is supported by the Sea Turtle Census Initiative, which is sponsored by The Ocean Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, based … More Giving Tuesday in one week!
Once we give Thanks with loved ones, then survive Black Friday, shop local on Small Business Saturday, or opt for Cyber Monday, the next day is the best! It’s Giving Tuesday – a global day to participate in giving – of your time, your gratitude, your funds, or your voice to something you care about. … More #GivingTuesday in 3 weeks!
On this very night last year, one of our Sandy Point turtles – Enid Fern – made her way to Maunabo, Puerto Rico for her last nest of the season, having nested three times at Sandy Point. Just by chance and circumstance, Enid Fern met with our friends and colleagues at ATMAR (Amigos de las … More Enid Fern swims 6,000+ miles in a year!
While we continue to search for our mama leatherbacks, we are starting to see our first nests of the season emerging from the sand. This is an exciting time for our team, as we watch the results of our nest protection and careful minding of the date as we anticipate the first hatchling emergences. This … More Hatchlings are here!
We are nearing the peak of leatherback nesting season and have recorded some very interesting things about our island population. The most encouraging news is that we have two nesters this year who were originally tagged in 1988, making them champion survivors! These old turtles have made it through so many threats over the years … More Sandy Point nesting summary to 22 May
Since our last update, we said goodbye to some great research volunteers and welcomed new ones! We also hosted Duke University Marine Lab’s Sea Turtle Class for six days. They helped us out with all kinds of projects on the refuge, including replacing stake markers at the vegetation line to protect nesting least terns, patrolling … More End of April summary of Sandy Point turtles!
We have had a couple of busy weeks here at Sandy Point! Our team of researchers and rangers have been identifying new and returning turtles since our last update. Here are our nesters found in the last couple weeks. Thanks to our adopted families for naming these turtles! Evy is Turtle #7, first seen on … More Thirteen turtles now identified!
A few good nights on the beach for our season opener this week. With cool breezes and dark skies with no moon, but plenty of stars, our team has been patrolling full nights. It’s a tremendous amount of walking, at least 10 miles per night! But patience pays off and we have identified four nesting … More Four new turtles identified and named!
Taking advantage of the nice cool evenings, we’ve been patrolling with the Sandy Point Rangers ahead of our opening day, which is today! The other night we came across an incredible turtle, just before midnight on our last patrol. She looked like many of the other turtles that we find, with some scarring, parts of … More A really OLD turtle returns to Sandy Point!