In cooperation with South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the volunteers of the Sea Turtle Conservation Project commit their early mornings from May through mid-October to walk the beaches of Hunting Island State Park, locating and protecting nests, relocating nests when necessary, and conducting nest inventories after the hatchlings emerge. In 2013, volunteers located and protected 125 loggerhead nests in the six zones of the Hunting Island State Park Beach. Approximately 7700 young turtles successfully hatched, assisted by our efforts.
People like YOU, who commit to join the Project and Friends of Hunting Island.
FOHI Sea Turtle Conservation Project Volunteers have the satisfaction of knowing that they join the ranks of elite sea turtle conservation volunteers across the state, nation, and globe in preserving one of our most threatened marine creatures. Sea turtles have been in our earth’s oceans for about 145 million years, but their numbers are declining. Only YOU can help to stop this decline, and that is something to be proud of!
In addition to watching our numbers of nests increase, Sea Turtle Project volunteers log their hours and mileage in at www.seaturtle.org. This organization collects and shares information on sea turtle conservation programs all over the world!
Follow our blog by clicking daily on the Nest Notes link and see what is happening on the beach.
Join any morning patrol or nest inventory as a visitor. Children are especially welcome!
Adopt one of our sea turtle nests for $25 at www.seaturtle.org and Hunting Island Sea Turtle Conservation Project receives $15 for every nest adopted.
We need only two simple things to provide the services and projects you see described on this website; your participation and your tax-deductible membership fees. For one $40 membership contribution, you and your family can join our Friends organization for one year. All members are encouraged to participate in any of our on-going projects. If you do not wish to join, but want to donate to our efforts, Click here to make a tax deductible donation to FOHI.