How would your donation be used?
You might wonder why we need donations since we have no paid staff. Would you be surprised to learn that we are the only sea turtle nesting group in Pinellas County who isn't paid to perform the service of nesting patrol? Our founder funded turtle patrol on St. Pete Beach and Shell Key entirely from his own pocket for about thirty-five years. Once we incorporated as a non-profit in 2013, we were able to start taking donations to replace the ancient Jeep, purchase equipment & supplies, and expand our education and outreach efforts. In 2017, we were finally able to purchase a new (well, 2006, but new-to-us) beach vehicle and we're hoping that someday soon we may be able to either get our old boat fixed or possibly buy a new one. Till then, we rely on the kindness of Island Ferry to transport us to Shell and Outback keys.
No amount too small. Got spare change or maybe a dollar or two? Drop it in one of our coin boxes around town, like at Paradise Grille in Pass-A-Grille or the Rumfish Grille or gift shop at the Guy Harvey Outpost. Or, come to one of our cleanup events and drop it in the jar then. Want to send a check? Fantastic, send to Sea Turtle Trackers at 2401 Pass-A-Grille Way, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. Want to click on a link and donate? We've got one right above that says "Donate" with a picture of credit cards, or one to the right here through Razoo.
Some of the consumable supplies we use are very inexpensive, like wooden stakes, caution tape, zip ties, trash bags, disposable gloves, etc., but the costs add up over time as we replace these supplies. Some of the equipment we use is a bit more expensive, like red light flashlights, grabbers, measuring wheels, cages, and tools. Then there's the really expensive scientific equipment we need, like large Vernier Calipers, pit tag scanners, Spectrometers, or our educational and outreach supplies like tents, books, posters, printed material and giveaways. We're saving for more rescue equipment like stretchers for injured sea turtles, and better options for their transport to an authorized rehabilitation facility.
We've got expenses related to our beach patrol vehicle (gas, insurance, maintenance, and the work it will need to be protected from the elements). If we ever get our boat fixed or buy a new boat, we'll have ongoing costs for transportation to Shell Key and Outback Key. The next big ticket item after a boat will be an ATV or UTV for a more environmentally friendly footprint on the beach patrol.
Thanks for considering making a donation to Sea Turtle Trackers.