Turtle News

July Newsletter

Posted on Jul 20, 2015

July Newsletter

Our July Newsletter is out! Click here to read all the exciting sea turtle news!!

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June Newsletter

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

June Newsletter

Our June Newsletter is out! Nesting season has begun! Click here to read all the exciting sea turtle news!!

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May Newsletter

Posted on Jul 8, 2015

May Newsletter

Our May Newsletter is out! Nesting season has begun! Click here to read all the exciting sea turtle news!!

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$1.3 M in Matching Funds

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

$1.3 M in Matching Funds

By Teresa Shumaker From now until March 2017 a generous benefactor will match all contributions to Sea Turtle, Inc.’s Capital Campaign — up to $1.5 million! This matching donation has enabled to undertake the entire project at once, instead of completing in phases. Years of contributions enabled Sea Turtle, Inc. to purchase five acres of adjacent land in 2013. The infrastructure and road leading to the new buildings has been completed. STI’s architect expects to complete the blueprints for the project soon. Next, the plan will go out for bid...

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Hatchling Season Has Begun!

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

Hatchling Season Has Begun!

  Story by Teresa Shumaker, Photos by Jim Lowenstein. The first nests of the 2015 season hatched and were released this week. Five nests in total have hatched, with more on their way soon! On Monday, June 22, about 70 turtle fans attended the first public release to cheer the babies on. Now, hundreds of young sea turtles are swimming with all their might to make it to the floating sargassum mats several miles offshore. A few nests emerged in the middle of the night, so staff released them in the pitch dark far north of South Padre Island...

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First Island YappoPalooza an Initial Success!

Posted on Jun 29, 2015

First Island YappoPalooza an Initial Success!

After working hard for several months, STI staff members are pretty thrilled about how well the YappoPalooza Festival and Benefit went over Father’s Day weekend. This was the first time Sea Turtle, Inc. hosted the fifth annual event. Previously, YappoPalooza was held in San Marcos, Texas. YappoPalooza is a fundraiser for sea turtle conservation, but it is also a vehicle to share Jeffrey Boruff’s story and inspire the next generation(s) to give of themselves. Jeffrey was a key volunteer in the Bi-National Kemp’s Ridley Project in Rancho Nuevo,...

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Public Comment Now Open on Deepwater Horizon Proposed Restoration Projects

Posted on Jun 4, 2015

Public Comment Now Open on Deepwater Horizon Proposed Restoration Projects

By Teresa Shumaker Five years after the detrimental BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, restoration retribution is near. Deepwater Horizon Trustees are now accepting public comments until Friday, June 19, 2015, on “The Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments” (Draft Plan) which consists of ten proposed Early Restoration Gulf Projects, totaling $134 million. According to a press release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, “Out of the $134 million estimated costs of Phase IV, about $126 million...

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For the Love of Turtles: Slow Down!

Posted on May 14, 2015

For the Love of Turtles: Slow Down!

By Teresa Shumaker  May and June is the height of nesting season for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle on Texas and Mexican beaches. The adult sea turtle’s shell is pale and can easily blend in with the sand, which makes it imperative that driver’s on the beach obey the 15 m.p.h. speed limit on the county beaches. It takes a lot of energy for the sea turtles, which are not adapted for land, to traverse the beach beyond the high tide line to lay their eggs. Because of that, it can take a while for a sea turtle to cross the beach and sometimes they...

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Our Underwater Camera is Back!!

Posted on May 7, 2015

Our Underwater Camera is Back!!

Our members-only underwater camera has been repaired!! Thank you for being patient while these important repairs were being made. The great folks at South Padre Live Cams have fixed it and it is running as good as new! Please click here to see the underwater camera, and remember you need to be logged in as a member to see it! Not a member? Check out our member levels to see if one would be great for you. In addition to getting access to our underwater camera, you get 10% off in gift shop purchases and special email and text notifications of...

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Turtle Days Tea

Posted on May 7, 2015

Turtle Days Tea

Turtle Days are here! Come and enjoy tasty treats while you visit with sea turtle friends and meet the new interns. Turtle Days Tea at Paragraphs on Padre Monday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

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