November 2019
Turtle Tracks Newsletter
November Board Meeting
Monday, November 4th
6:30 pm
1997 Long Beach Dr. BPK

Working board meeting. The public is invited to attend.
Saturday, Nov 16th
5:30 - 9:30pm
Annual Save-A-Turtle Banquet
Florida Keys Country Club
Marathon, Fl

Last date to purchase tickets is
Nov 9th.
Neptune & Poseidon Return to the Sea!
N & P Aug 2018
Neptune Sept 2019
Poseidon Sept 2019
In August of 2017, FWC permitted Save-A-Turtle volunteers rescued a few hatchlings who were found trapped in their nest upon post-hatch excavation. They were both in need of a little R&R and nutrition before they could be released. Well, these two lucky turtles became part of the Turtle Hospital's Head Start Program. Permitted by the State of Florida, the Turtle Hospital is allowed to keep and raise 2 hatchlings to help increase their chances of survival.

Many people don't realize it, but only 1 in 1000 baby turtles actually survive to adulthood. If they are not eaten by birds, crabs, or raccoons upon hatching and making their way to the ocean, then they face other challenges such as becoming tasty meals for fish, getting caught in fishing nets, getting sick or hit by boats, and a plethora of other dangers which greatly decrease their odds of growing into mature adults. As Head Start Sea Turtles, they are released once they reach about 2 years old and 45cm in length.

We are thrilled to announce that both Neptune and Poseidon were released last month at Sombrero Beach in Marathon! Both turtles did what they were supposed to do; they happily swam away! We are so grateful to the dedicated staff at the Turtle Hospital for all they did for Neptune and Poseidon over the past 2 years. Along the way, these two "ambassadors" were guests at many events throughout the keys, affording children and adults the opportunity of seeing a sea turtle up close. And we at Save-A-Turtle were thrilled as we actually got to watch them grow during this time as well! Flippers up Neptune & Poseidon! We wish you a very long and healthy life.
Nesting Season is Over. Education Season Begins!
I t’s time for our Save-A-Turtle officers and board members to change their hats, so to speak. When nesting season ends, we transition into event and education time. For the next several months, we will be traveling around the keys with our education trailer teaching our residents and visitors about sea turtles, nesting, hatchlings, lighting and so much more.

We recently attended a Marine Science Fair at a local school on Sugarloaf Key, and our efforts are reaching beyond the islands. In the past week we participated in a Lego League program with 4th and 5th graders in Boyleston, Ma. via FaceTime and we are assisting another student from Mitchell College in Connecticut with a project she is working on for one of her classes as well.

This was the second year Sugarloaf School has held a Marine Science Night. This event is organized and run by Mrs. Callie Harris, one of the science teachers. This event is exceptionally important for students in the Keys as it helps expose them to a large variety of marine science resources right here in the Keys. We saw children as young as Pre-K all the way up to high school level come by our display and volunteers. These children and young adults are learning vital information about the marine environment and it’s inhabitants. We were as impressed this year as we were last year with the exceptionally thoughtful questions and dialogue we had with so many of them.

The LEGO League program challenges students to identify a public space or building with a problem and then develop a solution to the problem. In doing so, they are required to reach out to experts for help. These children decided to choose sea turtle nesting beaches as their topic and reached out to us for guidance. The children presented us with their ideas and together, via FaceTime, we had a wonderful conversation about sea turtles and the threats they face.

The college student is taking a seminar class and must do a project about an organization she likes. Being as she loves sea turtles, she reached out to us as well for information about our organization, our staff of volunteers and what we actually do to help protect sea turtles. She was amazed that we not only focus on saving sea turtles in the field, but in the classroom as well.

It is very exciting to be able to share our knowledge and experience with students of all ages, and not just those living in the Florida Keys!
Coming Soon!
Our new Education Trailer is in the process of being outfitted with some wonderful interior displays and interactive components to provide and even better educational experience for those who visit us at local events. Some highlights of what's to come include turtle friendly lighting displays, an interactive computer generated game, and some really fun trivia segments as well. The interior will feature some amazing sea turtle graphics and lighting that will make you feel like you are actually underwater observing the turtles!
This has been a long time coming since Hurricane Irma destroyed our previous trailer, and we can't wait for it to be completed! Watch for announcements of the "Big Reveal" in the coming weeks!

And look for some of that Trivia action in
upcoming newsletters! With our new Trivia Maker App, we will be hosting some fun games for your to play with your family from any device any time.

As I said, it's Education Season and we are very excited about the new experiences we will have to offer very soon.
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Thank you for helping us!

S ponsorships are a great way to help us do what we do best. By becoming a sponsor, your donation will continue to help fund our education mission by helping with costs associated with event fees, printed material and promotional items as well as beach clean ups, nesting supplies for next season, and so much more!

And your sponsorship is 100% tax deductible. Click the link below to become a sponsor today!
Report Sick, Injured or Dead Sea Turtles in Fla to FWCC at 888-404- FWCC