Our Leatherbacks

We have now finished our 2019 season! We have named many turtles for your family members and loved ones, as we found 24 turtles. This year and next, we will continue to name turtles and notify adopted families. If you’d like to adopt and name a turtle, you can do that on our How You Can Help page!

2019 Leatherback Turtles (summaries to be posted during December 2019)

#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. March 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 nests 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.

#25. Kona – Adopted by Dee Berlinghoff, for her sons, Eric and Adam, in memory of their dog, Kona.

#26. Alice – Adopted by Alvena Tierney in honor of her mother.

#27. Snickers – Adopted by our volunteer and supporter, Louisa Porter. Turtle name will be matched with a tag ID in 2020! 

#28. Jane – Adopted by Katie Marchand for her mom, Jane.

#29. Bourtney – Adopted by Mary Peck for her sister, Courtney.

#30. Barb – Adopted by friends and family of Barb Keogh (in memory). Turtle name will be matched with a tag ID in 2020! 

#31. Leona – Adopted by James and Rhoda Stewart for their friend Leona. Turtle name will be matched with a tag ID in 2020! 

#32. Tracie Fern – Adopted by Reed Maxson in memory of his mom and to honor the nickname his mother gave his wife  🙂

#33. Kaitlyn – Adopted by Reed Maxson for his daughter.


Leatherback turtles from the 2018 Season 🙂

We found 38 individual turtles in 2018. You can find their summaries (nesting history, tags, adopted parents, etc.) below. Thank you to all our supporters! You make a huge difference to our volunteer research assistant program by providing funds for groceries!

A few of our volunteer research assistants for the 2018 season!

#1. Agnes – Adopted by Dave and Debbie Bucholtz for Molly.

#2. Jillene – Adopted by Peter and Jillene White.

#3. MaryLisa – Adopted by The Mauney Family.

#4. Amy-Lee – Adopted by Mike McKay for Amy Semple – our 10-season volunteer 🙂

#5. Joasia – Adopted by Mike Stiell for Joasia Pyrz.

#6. Rose – Adopted by Dave and Debbie Bucholtz in memory of their friend Rose.

#7. Jumbie – Adopted by Molly Murray.

#8. Tassi – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter.

#9. Laurel – Adopted by Carrie Althouse at Althouse Pottery.

#10. Edith – Adopted by Olivia and George Korsun.

#11. Moana – Adopted by The Higgins Family (Kirsten and Tristan).

#12. YaYa – Adopted by The Scarfo Family for our research assistant Alyssa (YaYa).

#13. Milly – Adopted by The Huenefeld Family.

#14. Enid Fern– Adopted by The Freys and Knoells.

#15. Dawn– Adopted by Caretta Nature Tours.

#16. Culebra– Adopted by the STX Leatherback Team in 2016.

#17. Nathalie – Adopted by Avril Amato in memory of her daughter Nathalie.

#18. BB2– Adopted by Amy, Susie and Cathy in memory of dear Becky (BB2).

#19. Nikki – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter.

#20. Caicos – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter (super-adopter!).

#21. Dorothy – Adopted by Gail Joice.

#22. M&M – Adopted by The LaCasella Family for Maleia and Masen.

#23. Taffy – Adopted by Barbara Mogel.

#24. Lucy McGillicuddy – Adopted by Penelope Mabie for Barb Keogh.

#25. Isabella – Adopted by Angela Stoops for Isabella Scarfo, our youngest volunteer.

#26. Taipei – Adopted by Louisa (Scooter) Porter (super-adopter!).

#27. Sarah – Adopted by Joe and Paula Quintiliani for granddaughter Sarah.

#28. Jeanette – Adopted by Tiffany Farrell.

#29. Keelie – Adopted by Louisa Porter for a certain team member! (second from right).

#30. Spot – Adopted by Ellen McCormack-Ament for the dedicated volunteers of her animal welfare store (SPOT).

#31. Eliza – Adopted by Gail Joice for her friend Eliza.

#32. Winona – Adopted by students and staff of Winona State University’s St. Croix class.

#33. Miss Maple – Adopted by Emily and Wes Hogarth.

#34. Catherine Rose – Adopted by Amy Adkins.

#35. Gertie – Adopted by Sandi Schultz.

#36. Dana Rae – Adopted by Kyle Woudstra for our research assistant Dana Rae.

#37. Michelle – Adopted by SUPER Volunteer Donna Boles for her niece Michelle.

#38. Rie – Adopted by Bejai and Dan Higgins.

Thanks everyone! We had a great season!

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 in Washington, D.C., but working globally to protect our oceans.