CONSERVATION

Nest conservation program

Every year, multiple species of sea turtles come ashore to lay eggs on the beaches of South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beach. The most common nesting female we encounter is the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii). The Kemp’s ridley is  critically endangered due to decades of egg harvesting in their primary nesting grounds of Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and mortality related to shrimp fisheries before the implementation of Turtle Excluder Devices (TED) . Today, there are multiple government agencies and non-profit organizations in both Mexico and the United States working towards saving this critically endangered species of sea turtle.

Since 2007, Sea Turtle, Inc. has participated in the bi-national efforts to protect the Kemp’s ridley and other species of sea turtles that come ashore to lay eggs. Between April 1 and August 15, our interns and volunteers conduct daily patrols in the 50 southernmost miles of Texas’ beaches looking for sea turtle nesting activity. If we encounter a nesting female, we carefully tag the turtle, take a biopsy sample, and collect morphometric data in collaboration with Dr. Donna Shaver’s mark and recapture program started at Padre Island National Seashore in 1991. Once the nesting female is safely back in the water, we excavate her eggs and relocate them to a hatchery for safe incubation. After a period of 45 to 55 days, hatchlings emerge from the nest cavities and we safely release them to the Gulf of Mexico under moonlight and away from city lights. When conditions allow, we hold public hatchling releases.

Conservation around the World

Sea Turtle, Inc. is a proud advocate of other sea turtle conservation programs around the world. This year, we have provided financial support to a sea turtle hospital in Glyfada, Greece and a sea turtle nesting project in the southern beaches of Sri Lanka.

We also created a partnership with the Universidad Michoacána de San Nicolas and the communities of Colola and Mexiquillo in Michoacán, Mexico. Every year, we take a small group of tourists to participate in conservation efforts for the pacific black sea turtle in Colola, Michoacan. The funds generated from these eco-tours are given back to those communities to continue conservation efforts to protect pacific black and leatherback sea turtles.

To learn more about how you can participate in these tours, please email Mariana Devlin at mariana.devlin@seaturtleinc.org

Sea Turtle Hatchling releases

Our number one priority is to make sure sea turtle hatchlings make it to the Gulf of Mexico as soon as they hatch. Generally, it happens right in the middle of the night. However, sometimes hatchlings emerge as the sun is rising, and we are able to hold a public  release. Your chance of seeing a public hatchling release increases when a lot of nests are expected to hatch at the same time. Look at the calendar below to see how many nests we have protected and the expected dates of hatching.

*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we will not hold any public hatchling releases for the 2020 nesting season. This decision was taken to protect the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and community.*  

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2020 Nesting Season By The Numbers

Break down of our 2020 nesting season

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Hours patrolled
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Kemp's ridley nests found
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Kemp's ridley hatchlings released
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Miles patrolled
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Loggerhead nests found
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Loggerhead hatchlings released
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Virtual Sunrise Releases
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Atlantic green nests found
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Atlantic green hatchlings released

2020 nests estimated hatch dates

Nest Number Date Found Number of Eggs Nest Name Adopted By Estimated Hatching Dates Actual Hatching Date Number of Hatchlings Released
# 1 04/14/2020 82 Villarreal Nest Alayne Villarreal June 5- June 9 6/9 80
#2 04/14/2020 22 Pending Name Joe and Rosalie Eliff June 5- June 9 6/9 19
#3 04/15/2020 71 Dakota Boatright Dakota Boatright June 6- June 10 N/A 0
#4 04/22/2020 96 Cody & Nick Elkins The Elkins Family June 11- June 15 6/16 89
#5 04/22/2020 112 Elkins Nest The Elkins Family June 11- June 15 6/14 108
#6 04/22/2020 100 Rei's Cozy Corner Reizel De Leon June 11- June 15 6/14 99
#7 04/22/2020 110 The Holmes Family Nest Jean Holmes June 11- June 15 6/13 108
#8 04/22/2020 88 Regan Powell Olivia Powell June 11- June 15 6/14 84
#9 04/26/2020 88 The Matthew J. Smith Family Matthew Smith June 15- June 19 6/16 75
#10 04/27/2020 83 SAIYAM Hari Vyakarnam June 16- June 20 6/18 77
#11 04/27/2020 95 Sherman8tor Dave and Ina Sherman June 16- June 20 6/16 82
#12 04/27/2020 100 TLC Tammy Jungers June 16- June 20 6/18 98
#13 04/27/2020 86 Sunshine Cynthia Huber June 16- June 20 6/18 59
#14 04/27/2020 87 Apollo Alex Anderson June 16- June 20 6/18 84
#15 04/27/2020 100 Sara Ryan Kent June 16- June 20 6/18 99
#16 04/27/2020 74 Gibbs Penguins Annie Marie Griffin June 16- June 20 6/17 54
#17 04/27/2020 100 Tinkerbell Tiffany Murphy June 16- June 20 6/18 95
#18 04/28/2020 106 G7 Jed Gettman June 17- June 21 6/18 92
#19 04/28/2020 84 Sharman Family SMO Deedra Sherman June 17- June 21 6/19 59
#20 04/29/2020 84 Doug & Dara's Nest Doug & Dara French June 18- June 22 6/20 31
#21 04/29/2020 93 Mean Green Machine Lawrence Burns June 18- June 22 6/18 90
#22 04/29/2020 106 5 Little Grand Grand Boys Marilyn Travis June 18- June 22 6/19 102
#23 04/29/2020 109 Hughes Family Nest Tricia Swearigen June 18- June 22 6/19 104
#24 04/29/2020 85 Cook's Cavern Chloe Cook June 18- June 22 6/19 62
#25 04/29/2020 67 Jen & Aryssa's Nest Jen and Aryssa Conser June 18- June 22 6/20 65
#26 05/02/2020 105 In loving memory of Ann Arendarczyk Keep Wimberley Beautiful June 18- June 22 6/22 104
#27 05/08/2020 86 Piper's Nest Olive Kraft June 24- June 28 6/30 22
#28 05/08/2020 81 Barbara's Babies Barbara St. Germaine June 24- June 28 6/27 55
#29 05/08/2020 123 Jaron's Gang Jeremy Grantham June 24- June 28 6/28 110
#30 05/08/2020 120 Casita Merez Emma Meréz June 24- June 28 6/28 102
#31 05/08/2020 111 Lotus Magdalena Mejia June 24- June 28 6/28 42
#32 05/08/2020 88 Reillys' Ridleys Hank Reilly June 24- June 28 6/29 29
#33 05/08/2020 90 Bartholome Famiy Nest Linda Bartholome June 24- June 28 6/30 20
#34 05/08/2020 90 Just Keep Swimming Emily June 24- June 28 6/28 69
#35 05/08/2020 104 Jacob's Ridleys Zachary and Jacob Keeton June 24- June 28 6/28 84
#36 05/14/2020 105 Simon Sands Jennifer and Jonathan Simon June 30- July 4 7/4 54
#37 05/16/2020 94 Love's Gift Nest Luciano Ramos June 30- July 4 7/7 21
#38 05/16/2020 101 Portal to the Sea Jerry Johnson June 30- July 4 7/4 52
#39 05/17/2020 103 Hogwarts/Polaris Nest Cristina Rodriguez July 1- July 5 7/6 92
#40 05/19/2020 93 Bookworms Jason Mechlor July 3-July 7 7/8 69
#41 05/19/2020 104 Sparkle Rainbow Shells Jason Mechlor July 3-July 7 7/6 95
#42 05/19/2020 105 Poquito Verdi Tortuga Matthew Korol July 3-July 7 7/7 94
#43 05/19/2020 100 Mitzi's Corral Mitzi Stolzman July 3-July 7 7/6 92
#44 05/19/2020 119 In Honor Of Les A. Hodgson Nikkie Hodgson July 3-July 7 7/8 102
#45 05/19/2020 68 Gemini Angels Elizabeth Ferrera July 3-July 7 7/9 54
#46 05/19/2020 113 Pending Name William Schwer July 3-July 7 7/9 109
#47 05/19/2020 91 Devlin Seven Arlene Devlin July 3-July 7 x/x 34
#48 05/19/2020 92 Market Street Gang April McAllister July 3-July 7 7/7 79
#49 05/19/2020 122 Pending Name Cheryl Smith July 3-July 7 7/8 98
#50 05/19/2020 90 Loquilla Alena Bianca Viana July 3-July 7 7/7 40
#51 05/19/2020 97 Dexter's Hatchlings Stacie Mitchamore July 3-July 7 7/6 73
#52 05/20/2020 67 Cydzie's Cuties Cyd Kanach July 4-July 8 7/10 42
#53 05/20/2020 104 Savagelysweet Carol Savage c/o Peggy Powell July 4-July 8 7/8 83
#54 05/20/2020 95 Gabby's Hatchlings Gabby Vasquez July 4-July 8 7/10 43
#55 05/20/2020 107 Galloway Family Rita Galloway July 4-July 8 7/10 67
#56 05/22/2020 107 Carmen's Turtles Rebecca Jones July 6-July 10 7/12 64
#57 05/24/2020 98 Kristi's Klan Desirae Fraser July 8- July 12 7/12 68
#58 05/24/2020 108 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 8- July 12 7/14 63
#59 05/24/2020 116 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 8- July 12 x/x xx
#60 05/24/2020 76 I Love Sea Turtles J. Nicole Alford July 8- July 12 7/13 51
#61 06/01/2020 98 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 13- July 17 7/19 48
#62 06/04/2020 102 The Lewis Litter Rob and Monica Lewis July 16- July 20
#63 06/06/2020 80 Available for Adoption Adopter Name July 19-July 23
#64 06/08/2020 94 Available for Adoption Adopter Name July 21-July 25
#65 06/08/2020 72 Infinity MaBie Jo Gibbs July 21- July 25
#66 06/08/2020 93 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 21- July 25
#67 06/08/2020 87 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 21- July 25
#68 06/08/2020 52 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 21- July 25
#69 06/08/2020 98 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 21- July 25
#70 06/08/2020 110 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 21- July 25
#71 06/09/2020 106 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 22- July 26
#72 06/11/2020 131 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 24- July 28
#73 06/11/2020 73 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 24- July 28
#74 06/11/2020 78 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 24- July 28
#75 06/16/2020 121 Available For Adoption Adopter Name July 29- August 2
#76 06/18/2020 85 Available For Adoption Adopter Name August 1- August 4
#77 06/19/2020 121 Available For Adoption Adopter Name August 2- August 5
#78 06/20/2020 95 Available For Adoption Adopter Name August 3- August 6
#79 06/22/2020 61 Available For Adoption Adopter Name August 4- August 8
#80 06/24/2020 88 Available For Adoption Adopter Name Place Date Here
#81 07/01/2020 139 Available For Adoption Adopter Name Place Date Here
#82 07/09/2020 130 Available For Adoption Adopter Name Place Date Here
#83 07/14/2020 153 Available For Adoption Adopter Name Place Date Here
#84 07/15/2020 80 Available For Adoption Adopter Name Place Date Here
#85 07/15/2020 81 Available For Adoption Adopter Name Place Date Here

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