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SEA TURTLE CONSERVANCY

 

Gainesville, FL

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SEA TURTLE CONSERVANCY

Physical Address:
Gainesville, FL 32609 1883
EIN:
59-6151069
Web URL:
www.conserveturtles.org
Blog URL:
www.conserveturtles....
Leadership:
Mr. David B. Godfrey
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Fiscal Year Starting: Jan 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: Dec 31, 2012
Revenue
Total Revenue $2,228,642
Expenses
Total Expenses $2,350,355

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Basic Organization Information

SEA TURTLE CONSERVANCY

Physical Address:
Gainesville, FL 32609 1883
EIN:
59-6151069
Web URL:
www.conserveturtles.org 
Blog URL:
www.conserveturtles.... 
NTEE Category:
D Animal related 
D30 Wildlife Preservation/Protection 
None 
Ruling Year:
1961 

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Mission Statement

It is the mission of Sea Turtle Conservancy to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific through research, education, training, advocacy and protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.

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Leadership (GuideStar ExchangeThe GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to regularly update key information directly to GuideStar. It provides richer and broader information about their programs, impact, finances, people and more. August, 2013)

Mr. David B. Godfrey

Term:

Since Sept 1997

Profile:

David Godfrey is Executive Director of the nonprofit Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC). Formerly known as the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, the STC is the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. Founded in 1959 by Dr. Archie Carr—the world’s leading authority on sea turtles—the Florida-based STC continues a 50-year-long effort to study and protect sea turtles in the U.S. and around the world. Godfrey has been involved professionally in environmental conservation for over 20 years. Since 1993 he has been focused on sea turtle and coastal habitat issues. David has authored numerous articles and papers on environmental matters, with an emphasis on coastal protection and sea turtles. He has participated in numerous sea turtle research projects, and he has written and/or narrated numerous documentaries and videos pertaining to sea turtle and coastal conservation issues. During his tenure with STC, Godfrey led the effort to establish Florida’s sea turtle specialty license plate, which is now the main funding source for sea turtle protection in Florida. Godfrey is Chairman of the Florida Sea Turtle Grants Program, which awards annual financial support for sea turtle research and education projects benefiting Florida sea turtles. He also is a member of the World Conservation Union’s Marine Turtle Specialist Group.

Leadership Statement:

David Godfrey has been the executive director of Sea Turtle Conservancy since 1997. Prior to that, he served as program director for the Sea Turtle Survival League program for five years. He has extensive experience directing environmental campaigns and education programs. He has a BS in public relations, a minor in business administration, and a specialty in environmental politics and communications. Before joining STC, he worked for four years as Coordinator of Florida Defenders of the Environment's Ocklawaha River Restoration Project.



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Program: Tortuguero Green Turtle and Leatherback Research and Conservation Program

Budget:
$324,503
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

For over 50 years, STC has conducted annual sea turtle nest monitoring studies on the 21 mile black sand beach of Tortuguero, Costa Rica, the nesting site of more endangered green turtles than anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Since being initiated by Dr. Archie Carr in the 1950s, this monitoring program has provided much information on the reproductive ecology and migratory habits of sea turtles. A recent peer-reviewed analysis showed an encouraging trend in green turtle nesting activity. Through this five-decade-long conservation initiative, STC has reversed the decline of green turtles in the Caribbean. The overall goal of STC's sea turtle research and conservation work in Tortuguero is to conserve the area's nesting green and leatherback turtle populations so that these species fulfill their ecological roles. The strategies used to achieve this goal include the following: (1) monitoring and studying Tortuguero's nesting turtles; (2) working with the Costa Rican government, the community of Tortuguero and others to protect nesting turtles from poachers; (3) training young scientists, conservationists, and others to help ensure the continuation of sea turtle protection efforts in Tortuguero and elsewhere; and (4) educating the public about sea turtles and the threats to their survival. Research methods include turtle tagging, turtle track surveys, collection of biometric data, fibropapilloma examination, determination of nest survivorship and hatching success, collection of physical data, and collection of data on human impacts to the nesting beach and the turtles. Protection methods include a cooperative effort with Tortuguero National Park officials and law enforcement to reduce poaching of eggs and turtles. Training methods include training research assistants, recruited heavily from Latin American countries, and training Tortuguero National Park guards as well as local eco-tour guides in sea turtle biology and conservation. Public outreach methods include teaching Tortuguero school children, local adults and tourists about sea turtles and working with the international media to raise awareness about sea turtles and threats to their survival. Continued survival of the sea turtle populations at Tortuguero will require many years of protection, but STC believes it is a feasible goal, and one that can be accomplished while providing an opportunity for research, training of professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean, and local education, as well as economic development for the Tortuguero community through sea turtle tourism.

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Program: Chiriquí Beach and Soropta Beach Hawksbill and Leatherback Research and Conservation Program

Budget:
$106,013
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

STC's most recent project is working to protect and restore the once globally-significant hawksbill sea turtle nesting population at Chiriquí Beach, Panama. The program consists of intensive monitoring of hawksbill and leatherback sea turtle nesting activity, protection of nesting females and their nests, and public education in the region and will build upon an ongoing research project carried out since 1989 by Drs. Anne and Peter Meylan. Chiriquí Beach was once described by Dr. Archie Carr as the most important nesting beach in the Caribbean for the “critically endangered” hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). However, by the 1980s and 1990s, sporadic aerial and ground surveys suggested that nesting had declined as much as 98%. Although today’s nesting population is only a fraction of what it once was, there is increased optimism that depleted hawksbill populations can respond positively to long-term protection. This optimism is based on increased hawksbill nesting activity in recent years on well-protected beaches in Mexico, Barbados and Puerto Rico. In Panama, increased hawksbill nesting has been observed at Zapatilla Cays in the last few years, very likely due to the enhanced protection that hawksbills have received since the cays became a part of a new national marine park in 1988. Results from STC’s sustained protection programs at other sea turtle nesting beaches give us confidence that depleted sea turtle populations can be restored through long-term, coordinated protection of nesting beaches and foraging grounds. Chiriquí Beach also remains one of the most important sites for leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) nesting in the Atlantic, with as many as 7,170 to 14,005 leatherback nests deposited yearly between the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border and Central Panama. The project involves local students and indigenous Ngöbe leaders in order to build a connection between the community and the project. This program helps protect and recover the hawksbill and leatherback populations of Chiriquí Beach and adjacent nesting sites.

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Program: Tour de Turtles: Sea turtle migration-tracking education program

Budget:
$87,000
Category:
None
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
None
None

Program Description:

Sea Turtle Conservancy's Tour de Turtles: a sea turtle migration marathon — is an online sea turtle migration-tracking event that utilizes the satellite-tracked migration of sea turtles as the core component of an education program. Since its launch in 1996, the migration-tracking program has reached millions of people who have logged on to STC’s website each year to track the movements of sea turtles. An estimated 16,000 teachers in the U.S. and around the world have used the program as part of their classroom curriculum — reaching more than a half million students! Tour de Turtles is a three-month-long event beginning each August that tracks individual sea turtles leaving their respective nesting beaches as they “race” to see which turtle can travel the furthest distance over the course of three months.   Tour de Turtles is a multimedia experience using interactive online maps, videos, games and educational activities centered on the biology and conservation of sea turtles and their habitats. It is designed to provide the broadest possible audience with a fun and educational approach to science, geography and marine conservation — all utilizing the satellite-tracked migration of sea turtles. This program will let people identify with and track individual turtles. To get people even more involved, individuals will be able to support each turtle’s cause during the Causes Challenge. The Causes Challenge is a side competition that challenges each turtle to raise the most money for the issue they are representing. To make the program useful to teachers and students, a full compliment of online material will be available for use in the classroom and at home. These materials include an Educator’s Manual, interactive online games and quizzes, and classroom activities that incorporate standard classroom curriculum such as math, geography and science into the program.

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Program: Bermuda Turtle Project

Budget:
--
Category:
None
Population Served:
Adults
None
None

Program Description:

This is the world's longest continuous in-water sea turtle research and conservation program. STC carries out the project in close collaboration with the Bermuda Aquarium.

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To maximize effectiveness, STC’s mission focuses solely on protecting sea turtles and their habitats because these ancient reptiles are important indicators of the health of the world’s marine and coastal ecosystems. For example, sea turtles are one of the few animals to eat sea grass, acting as a grazing animal that maintains the health of sea grass beds. These beds are important breeding and developmental grounds for many species of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. Sea turtle eggs also provide nutrients for stronger and healthier dune vegetation. Stronger vegetation and root systems help to hold the sand in dunes and help protect the beach from erosion. Through research, STC has been able to identify key threats to sea turtle survival that are addressed through a multi-faceted approach. By conducting research, educating the public and advocating on behalf of these endangered species, STC is achieving success in recovering key sea turtle populations. STC’s five-decade-long research and monitoring program in Costa Rica has recorded a more than 500% increase in sea turtle nesting since the 1970s. It is this comprehensive, long-term approach to research and conservation that is helping sea turtle populations rebound.
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