PRITCHARD'S ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA
On a private island near Beaufort, researchers from the University of South Carolina collect data on nesting Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Caretta members protect nest from predators, relocate nests to hatcheries, and take measurements and tag nesting females.
BALD HEAD ISLAND, NORTH CAROLINA
The Bald Head Island Conservancy monitors the nesting of Loggerhead sea turtles on the resort island near Wilmington. Loggerhead hatchlings emerge 45 - 60 days after the nest is laid. Caretta volunteers guard nests, help guide hatchlings to the ocean and help with post emergence nest inventories to determine success.
The world's second largest nesting congregation of Loggerhead sea turtles occurs along Florida's eastern beaches. Trip participants conduct nightly beach patrols to witness this spectacular phenomenon.
OSTIONAL, COSTA RICA
Beaches at Ostional are home to the largest Olive Ridley nesting arribada in the world. We work with biologists to protect nests from poachers, move nests to hatcheries, and assist with documentation of the arribada. Tours immerse participants in the diverse rainforest ecosystem.
ST. CROIX, USVI
Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on the southwestern corner of the island is home to the largest nesting colony of endangered Leatherback Sea Turtles in the US. Caretta members assisted the research team from the West Indian Marine Animal Research and Conservation Service by conducting nightly beach patrols and helped biologists identify other potential nest sites on the island