Turtle News

A Look Back at 2014

Posted on Jan 27, 2015

A Look Back at 2014

We began 2014 with a huge sea turtle release. About 1,000 people attended to cheer on the rehabilitated sea turtles as they returned to the wild. Sea Turtle, Inc. Archive photo. 2014 was a big year for us, we added two new staff positions — an educator and a part-time marketing assistant — and expanded one part-time position to full-time. Now we have a total of nine employees! We welcomed three new staff members, Megan Chilcutt, Teresa Shumaker, and Caitlin Bovery, and said goodbye to a several key people at STI, David Cromwell and SPX moved...

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STI Partners with UTB and SpaceX

Posted on Jan 23, 2015

STI Partners with UTB and SpaceX

A volunteer patrols the beach on South Padre Island. The new grad-student intern will be responsible for patrolling the beaches on Boca Chica beach. Teresa Shumaker photo.   We are excited to announce a new grad student intern position with Sea Turtle, Inc. in partnership with University of Texas at Brownsville and SpaceX. This new internship is for undergraduates who are, or will be, pursuing their graduate degree at UTB. Every year, Sea Turtle, Inc. selects eight college students and/or graduates to work with us for the summer. It is a...

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What Everyone’s Not Saying About Sargassum

Posted on Jan 20, 2015

What Everyone’s Not Saying About Sargassum

By Gladys Delgadillo You’ve seen it on our beaches: the heaping strips of seaweed. What you’re looking at is Sargassum fluitans and natans, which is brown algae — and it stinks. Thick sargassum makes it difficult for nesting mama sea turtles to make it up the beach, for nesting patrollers to see turtle tracks, and eventually for hatchlings to make it to the ocean. Plus, it’s widely regarded as unattractive. But what isn't being said is how great it is! When the seaweed makes its way to Texas beaches, it’s a natural phenomenon! When sargassum...

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Join Us for a Beach Cleanup!

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Join Us for a Beach Cleanup!

Join us and the Respeta Group for a beach cleanup on the north end of the island. The weather should be nicer than it has been and the sun might even make an appearance! Let's all work together to keep our beaches free of...

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Recognition Corner: David Wilson

Posted on Jan 13, 2015

Recognition Corner: David Wilson

By Mary Laddis David Wilson is a super volunteer! He began as a volunteer with Sea Turtle, Inc. over 15 years ago. If it needs to be done, David's there. Water quality testing? Retrieving a cold-stunned or injured sea turtle? Vacuuming tanks? Rescuing an ATV patroller? Landscape maintenance David's the man! Since his retirement as an award-winning agricultural pilot, David has been volunteering on-site almost everyday. Sea Turtle, Inc. is truly blessed with so many dedicated volunteers. This time it's David's turn to shine in the spotlight....

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On the road to success, but still miles to go!

Posted on Jan 9, 2015

On the road to success, but still miles to go!

We are getting excited as this project approaches. Soon we expect to break ground on the next phase of our $4 million expansion — the new educational center and parking lot. Currently, our Executive Director is in the process of finalizing the structural engineer requirements and architectural design, which is expected to be finished by February or March. Once that step is complete, a request for bids will go out. If all stays on track, the bid could be awarded in March and construction could begin as early as April. Although we have made...

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Sea Turtles Connect All of Us

Posted on Jan 6, 2015

Sea Turtles Connect All of Us

New England Aquarium shared a great story on Oct. 31 about a sea turtle named “Harriet” rescued in 1999 and rehabilitated. Years later, in 2009, she was found in Texas nesting on North Padre Island, then later on South Padre Island. Her nests were then recovered and protected by the North Padre NPS Sea Turtle Science & Recovery Division and Sea Turtle, Inc., so they could hatch and make their own journey to the sea. Since sea turtles migrate along the continents and around the globe, these turtles need people helping them in many places...

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Cold-stun around the nation

Posted on Dec 20, 2014

Cold-stun around the nation

In mid-November, South Padre Island had a cold front come through for about a week that affected many sea turtles in the Laguna Madre. The water temperature dropped rapidly, causing many to cold-stun — a form of hypothermia. About 70 sea turtles were brought to the facility over the course of three to four days for care. Seventy cold-stunned sea turtles is not unusual during a cold front, although it was a little early in the winter season for such an extreme drop in temperatures. Since then, we have had very mild weather, allowing us to...

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Another Successful Tips for Turtles

Posted on Dec 17, 2014

Another Successful Tips for Turtles

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to Nancy Cook, Jerry Crow, Bill Betz, and PadreRitaGrill for the third Tips for Turtles! Started by Nancy Cook in 2012, this event raises money for us at Sea Turtle, Inc. to help defray some of the costs to help cold-stunned (hypothermic) sea turtles in the winter. In total, $2,400 was raised for STI! That is a big...

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Help Sea Turtle Conservation with a Stamp

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

Help Sea Turtle Conservation with a Stamp

Here is one more way you can help sea turtles. Add these stamps to your holiday shopping list. Funds raised from these stamps go, in part, to fund the Marine Turtle Conservation Fund. Click here to purchase your stamps. "Marine Turtle Conservation Fund: For more than 100 million years, the ancestors of marine turtles swam the oceans. Yet in less than a century, exploitation and habitat destruction have devastated their numbers. Conservation projects work toward the goal of restoring large numbers of these ancient, intriguing creatures to the...

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