The Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization sponsoring researchers all over the world in their conservation and education initiatives. The Institute promotes the sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships among scientists, the general public, educators and businesses. Earthwatch currently sponsors several researchers with an ecosystem/biodiversity/conservation focus on sea turtles.
Headquartered in Florida, the organization carries out worldwide programs to conserve and recover sea turtle populations through research, education, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which depend upon.
Turtle Island and its suite of marine restoration programs work to protect endangered marine species, save critical ecosystems, improve consumer choices, encourage government action and inspire corporate responsibility.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center is one of Florida's most unique non-profit cultural destinations focused on ocean and sea turtle conservation. They offer sea turtle-approved child, youth, family, and adult programming year-round.
Palm Beach County's ERM Department has a Natural Resources Stewardship Division and Maritime Resources Section which includes a Sea Turtle Conservation Program. This site has a great deal of important and useful information on sea turtles ranging from local steps that can be taken to improve the survival rates of nesting sea turtles and hatchlings, to a listing of scheduled sea turtles walks open to the public during nesting season, particularly during the summer months, June through August.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Marine Research Institute are dedicated to protecting Florida's marine resources. The organization has coordinated the Statewide Nesting Beach Survey Program since 1979. The site also offers up-to-date nesting data from all over the state of Florida.
SeaTurtle.org is dedicated to providing online resources and solutions in support of sea turtle conservation and research. The site includes access to the Marine Turtle Newsletter in addition to providing an online home to organizations such as the Marine Turtle Research Group, the International Sea Turtle Society, and the North Carolina Sea Turtle Project.
Gumbo Limbo, in Boca Raton, Florida, is a unique nature center presenting excellent exhibits of semi-tropical birds, animals, fish, sea creatures, herbs, trees, flowers and plants. Several guided nature walks are also offered to enhance your visit to the center.
Florida Leatherbacks conducts intensive night time studies utilizing mark recapture, satellite tracking, and genetic studies to unravel the mystery of the leatherback sea turtle. By tagging individual turtles and documenting every encounter, we can better understand the size and health of the population as well as basic parameters like nest frequency, individual size, migratory patterns, and survival rates.
NESTS is a free, community-based educational outreach program that encourages the public and businesses to engage in simple activities that benefit nesting sea turtles, their nests, and their hatchlings.
Thanks to the efforts of the non-profit Sea Turtle Conservancy and other Florida sea turtle groups, in 1997, the Florida Legislature authorized the creation of a Sea Turtle Specialty License Plate to promote the conservation and protection of Florida's sea turtles through providing a permanent funding source for the state's Marine Turtle Protection Program.