April Events
Native Plant Day: An Earth Day event at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Saturday, April 1, 2017, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. This year's theme is native plants to attract butterflies. There will be booths by community organizations (including DCFNPS), a talk on butterflies, nature walks (including one for kids) and youth activities. Native plants will be given away to Keys' residents. Free park admission.
Earth Day Bahia Honda State Park -  Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 1 0 a.m. to  2 p.m.  This year’s 22 nd  annual Earth Day celebration at Bahia Honda State Park will focus on protecting the environment. The theme will be  “One person can...”  this will empower each of us, as individuals, to know we can make a difference. 
    Come join us at these events, to help support our cause. These are just a few items, we have something for everyone! They make great gifts and save our sea turtles at the same time! So come join us and have fun while supporting the local community! If you cannot make it but would like to purchase or donate money, you can go to our website at the link below.
The Bag Monster
This is Robert Keeley, long time Keys resident, environmental advocate, and volunteer with Friends and Volunteers of the Refuge (F.A.V.O.R.) wearing his “bag monster” suit. This suit was created by Robert to provide yet another visual of the problem of single use plastic bags. Plastic bags are a huge threat to sea turtles, marine wildlife, other wildlife and all life on Earth with the toxins they release, and the time it takes for them to break down. Always carry and use your reusable bags to help sea turtles survive! (Also shown: Shirley Gun of Florida Keys Green Living and Energy Education “GLEE”.)
Robert dedicates endless amounts of his personal time towards organizing and participating in trash cleanups, beach cleanups, volunteering at events, educating and advocating to effect positive change. Robert is one of the many unsung heroes in the Keys that we admire and appreciate far beyond words. Thank you Robert (and Shirley!)
If you are curious about Florida passing a plastic bag bill check out  SB 162  Rodriguez / HB 93 Richardson — “Disposable Plastic Bags Ban in Coastal Communities”. Help show support in reducing the use of plastic bags.

Oceans of Trash


Congratulations!
Emily Poole grew up in White, Georgia where she lived her entire life. She has volunteered countless hours at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA. She fell in love with the Keys when she was little and used to visit every year for summer vacation. When she found out that the Keys had a college with a great degree in the marine science field, she knew this would be perfect for her. Not only did she make some great accomplishments while she was down here but she made some great friends that she will never forget. In Fall of 2016, Save-A-Turtle awarded Emily, the SAT scholarship to help her pay for her education at Florida Keys Community College. She not only graduated with her associates in Marine Environmental Technology but she also got her certification in Research Diving and Marine Mammal Trainer. Currently, she is doing an internship at Clearwater Marine Aquarium on the Rescue team. She hopes to become either a dolphin trainer or a Marine Science teacher. Good luck Emily on your future endeavors. 

New Turtle Friendly Lights
Traditional artificial lights on or near the beach can be a hazard to emerging turtle hatchlings. Hatchlings are drawn toward the brightest light, ideally the moon reflection on the ocean. Lights draw them away from the ocean and towards hazards, like pools, predators, or the road. It is almost that season for the mothers to start laying eggs. So lets get a jump start on preventing that this nesting season. You can pick from amber or red lights, and they are also energy efficient saving you upto 80%. They are even FWC approved.

Turtle friendly lights website
Save A Turtle next meeting will be held Monday, April 10th at 6:30 pm at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, FL. Our guest speaker will be Jim Gamblin.