Bruno Falkenstein has been the marine turtle permit holder for St. Pete Beach and Shell Key since the inception of the FWC Statewide Nesting Beach Survey 35 years ago! Bruno has managed and monitored hundreds of sea turtle nests and enthusiastically educates members of the public at every opportunity about all aspects of marine turtle conservation. A natural teacher, he has inspired the interest of, mentored, and recruited untold numbers of turtle advocates both on the beach and in his off-the-beach life as a successful restaurateur and sometimes politician. Bruno is the heart and soul of our organization and still actively patrols and responds to stranding calls.
Theresa founded the nonprofit organization Sea Turtle Trackers, Inc. to support the work that Bruno and his team have been doing for decades. She has served a variety of roles on the Board of Directors and on the Operations team, and is responsible for nonprofit operations, social media, community outreach, program management and information technology.
Theresa has volunteered in sea turtle nesting and rehabilitation since 2004. She is a supervisor on St. Pete Beach Patrols.
Tracy moved to St. Pete in July of 2015 after retiring from a 20+ year teaching career in Mathematics. She joined Sea Turtle Trackers almost immediately By the time the 2016 season rolled around, Tracy had immersed herself enough into the group to become a Supervisor/Captain, and later joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Tracy grew up on a family-owned working cattle and horse ranch in the remote country of the Texas panhandle. She spent her childhood rescuing and rehabilitating the variety of animals common in that area, and worked part-time at a veterinary clinic. In addition to volunteering her time to Sea Turtle Trackers, Tracy also works part-time as a 1st mate for a local boat tour operator. She leads our Shell Key team and puts in many long days patrolling there by boat or on foot.
Turtle Joe came to Sea Turtle Trackers from Clearwater Marine Aquarium where he was a Sea Turtle Biologist (2005-2013) and a volunteer in Sea Turtle department (2002-2004). While at CMA, Joe was responsible for sea turtle nest patrols in south Pinellas and also worked with sea turtle rescue, rehabilitation and release. During that time, Joe worked closely with Bruno and served as his backup.
Joe is a founding member of the Sea Turtle Trackers, Inc. Board of Directors, serving as Vice President of Operations. You can typically see Joe driving the Turtle Truck during Nesting Season and year round at the Guy Harvey Outpost Tuesday Turtle Talks.
Adoptions Manager: Vicki Foster
Volunteer Coordinator: Sandy Mabery
Captain Dan (Island Ferry)
Sebastian Font (Island Ferry)
Lucy moved from Burlington, VT to Florida in 2007 to attend the University of Tampa where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Through an internship with wolves in New Mexico and a variety of other animal related experience including working with marine life, big cats, farm life, and domestic animals, she discovered her passion was in animal welfare. She currently works at the Humane Society of Pinellas as the Education and Outreach Coordinator. Lucy is also a Supervisor/Captain on the Shell Key team.