1979 -Bruno Falkenstein starts the first Turtle Patrol in St. Pete Beach and his life changes forever.
1982 -Bruno helps relocate 340 eggs to the State's Department of Natural Resources lab for safe incubation.
2009 -Florida Shore & Beach Preservation Association honors Bruno with a Private Citizen Award. The city of St. Pete Beach declared July 28, 2009 “Bruno Falkenstein Sea Turtle Day” .
2013 -Sea Turtle Trackers officially incorporates as a nonprofit organization after having our most successful nesting season ever.
2016- A record year on Shell Key AGAIN ... but we had to deal with the aftermath of Hermine
2017 - We blew away our previous record of 94 nests with a total of 179! We lost a few from Irma but overall, great year with our first nest on Outback Key
2018 - Supervisor patrols have started and we'll be taking volunteers out on patrol starting May 1st
Stranding and Salvage
Community Outreach & Conservation
Through public education and cooperation, our mission is assure a suitable habitat for sea turtles, people, and the ecosystem of the islands and their surrounding waters.
Sea Turtle Trackers (STT) Founder/President/Principle Permit holder Bruno Falkenstein has been monitoring and helping sea turtles for almost 40 years as a labor of love and a way to give back. He receives no money for doing this. For many years, he did it all on his own. In the past few years, he's been working with some other volunteers. In 2013 we incorporated as a non-profit. Note only those who are listed on a marine turtle permit – issued by the Florida Wildlife Commission – are allowed to work with the turtles. The FWC has strict guidelines, procedures and reporting requirements. Everyone in our organization is a volunteer, even Bruno and our "staff" (those named on the permit). Our goal is to mitigate the negative impacts of intensive human use of sea turtle habitat with as little intervention as possible, providing a natural experience for the reproduction of turtles on our beaches. Turtle Joe Widlansky works closely with Bruno and is on St Pete beach every morning during turtle season. Stop by and say hello!
Sea Turtle Trackers, Inc. is committed to the concept of transparency. We have posted our organizing documents here and we'll add to this document library as we continue to mature as an organization.
The Consumer Services Division of FDACS (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) has a "Gift Givers Guide", which features an online search http://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/search/ that allows consumers to access information on corporations including nonprofits registered in the State of Florida.
You can search using our name Sea Turtle Trackers or our "license number" which is CH40237. You'll be able to see our registration information which includes our total revenue, total expenses, surplus/deficit, and the percentages of expenses in each of three categories (Program Services, Administrative, and Fundraising).
If there is something you have a question about, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. or you may call us (727) 501-5581.
Residents and snowbirds volunteer with us during the nesting season and beyond to make the difference in the lives of St. Pete's sea turtles and other marine species.