Adopt one nest. Help them all.

Adopt a Nest at the GTM Research Reserve to support over 25 years of research on marine turtles while learning about their behavior and nesting success.

Turtles matter!

Why are sea turtles important to the ecosystem and to us?

Happy turtle, happy us!

Sea turtles keep sea grasses healthy by grazing and keep dunes healthy by nesting. Without them, our ecosystems suffer — and we suffer.

Lights out!

Why should we keep turtle hatchlings in the dark?

Turtle instincts

When sea turtles hatch, they find the ocean by looking for the bright horizon. Make sure that’s in the direction of the ocean by keeping lights off.

Who's there?

What kinds of sea turtles live near the GTM Reserve?

It's us!

The GTM Research Reserve is home to Loggerheads, Green Turtles, and Leatherbacks.

No holes!

What happens to sea turtles if they fall into a hole on the beach?

Refill after you dig

A nesting female or recently emerged hatching can easily fall into beach holes often leaving them stranded without food, injured, and at risk from predators. If you play in the sand, make sure to fill in the holes so a sea turtle doesn’t fall in.

Don't be trashy

What effect does trash on the beach have on turtles?

Pick up that trash!

Nesting females and hatchlings can easily become entangled in fishing line, plastic bags, even plastic drink containers. Even if the trash is not yours, be sure to pick it up to protect our turtle friends.

See a turtle?

What do I do if I see a turtle on the beach?

Let it be

To report someone disturbing a sea turtle nest or if you see an injured, dead or harassed sea turtle – Call: 888-404-FWCC (3922), cell phone *FWC or #FWC. They know what to do!

2017 Turtle Nesting Report

0 Nests
This is the number of nests the Turtle Patrol has identified and marked for the 2017 season on our beaches.
0 False Crawls
False Crawls are when the female attempts to lay a clutch of eggs. She digs a nest or part thereof but does not deposit her eggs. For some reason she turns around and returns to the ocean.

It’s turtle nest adoption season!

Adopting a nest at the GTM Research Reserve supports over 25 years of research on Atlantic Green, Leatherback, and Loggerhead marine turtles. Your generous donation helps fund this ongoing research, contributions of data to state, national, and international programs to help protect the marine turtle population, and needed equipment and supplies to maintain the Sea Turtle Patrol Program at GTM.

Adopt your sea turtle nest between now and July 31st for the 2018 nesting season. We want to make sure you receive the full benefits of your adoption, so all adoptions made between June 1 and July 31 will be for the 2018 season.  You will receive mid-season and end-of-season updates on our turtles for 2017, AND you’ll receive full benefits for 2018.

Turtle nests are, of course, limited so be sure to reserve your special nests soon!

To download the Adopt a Nest program flyer, click HERE.

Special thanks to our media partner, Action News Jax, for supporting the Adopt a Nest program!

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Proud Turtle Parent

$50000annually
  • EXCLUSIVE opportunity for up to five people to witness an evening nest evaluation with a marine turtle specialists (done in late summer).
  • Signage on nest with adopting parent’s name (or names) on nest during the season, then mailed to you at the end of the season.
  • Emailed photos of YOUR nest showing the marine turtle tracks.
  • Midseason update on nesting activity at the GTM Research Reserve.
  • End of season update on YOUR nest with nest-specific evaluation data sheet.
  • Membership to the Friends of the GTM Reserve.

Turtle Bestie

$25000annually
  • Signage on nest with adopting parent’s name (or names) on nest during the season .
  • Emailed photos of YOUR nest showing the marine turtle tracks.
  • Midseason update on nesting activity at the GTM Research Reserve.
  • End of season update on YOUR nest with nest-specific evaluation data sheet.
  • Membership to the Friends of the GTM Reserve.

Turtle Buddy

$10000annually
  • Mid and end of season updates on nesting activity at the GTM Research Reserve.
  • Membership to the Friends of the GTM Reserve.
Volunteer

Want to do more to support the GTM Research Reserve?

Get your hands dirty and your feet wet as a volunteer at the GTM Research Reserve. Whether you know a little or a lot about science - we need you! Volunteer orientations are held once a month and you can hear about the many opportunities to become a part of the GTM family.
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