No doubt you’ve seen a lot of information lately on the problem of plastic debris – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – marine animals becoming entangled in discarded plastic – and our sea turtles dying from eating plastic, which they have mistaken for food. The problem is real. The only way to slow it is … More A challenge for the Fifth Day of Turtles!
We live in our t-shirts! And you can get one too! We sell our project t-shirts to raise funds to support our volunteer research assistants. For just $20, you can wear the same shirts that our team wears! We have a number of colors and sizes available. There’s a large logo on the back of … More Fourth Day of Turtles – Get our t-shirt!
Each year, at least 40 volunteers help our teams, as research assistants, beach cleanup crew, nighttime surveyors, nest protectors, turtle watch helpers and many more tasks. We could not do all the sea turtle research and monitoring we do without volunteers! You are most valuable to us! If you are on St. Croix and can … More Third day of turtles – Volunteer with us!
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!