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BEACHES SEA TURTLE PATROL INC

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Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: To promote the conservation of endangered and threatened marine turtles in Northeast Florida.

Target demographics: endangered sea turtles survive

Direct beneficiaries per year: 116 nesting sea turtles and 7,600 hatchlings

Geographic areas served: Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beaches, Duval County, FL USA

Programs: beach clean ups and community outreach.

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16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Patricia W.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a native Floridian who now lives in California but I still have family in Florida and love my home state with all my heart. My beaches, when I was growing up in Florida, were Jacksonville and Neptune and Atlantic but I also love St. Augustine's Crescent Beach. When I visit family I spend a lot of time cleaning Florida's beautiful beaches. Then one day I found out about the turtle patrols and I was hooked on their mission. I am a lover of all wildlife and wild spaces and that's why it pains me to see the degradation of Florida's ocean environment from tons of trash and beach furniture that traps and kills so many of our precious sea turtles. I was spending all my time alone trying to fill in holes that really needed an earth mover to fill. I spent countless hours picking up all kinds of beach furniture and human garbage. I can hardly wait to visit again, once it's safe, and meet up with this group and work alongside them. I am a proud supporter of the turtle patrol and of the turtle hospital in St. Augustine. If it were not for our sea turtle patrol this wonderful species would surely be suffering much more and would likely be in decline. I thank God for them and the work they do! I love you, Beaches!!!

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bstp Thank you for your kind words and ongoing support of our conservation efforts.

bstp Thank you for your kind words and your ongoing support of our conservation efforts!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Beaches Turtle Patrol are some of the most dedicated humans on this planet. The work they do is wonderful for the planet and our sea turtle friends, but what alot of people don't know is the work is hard and tedious at times and mostly if not fully compiled volunteer hours.
I work with many turtle patrol groups, Beaches Turtle Patrol are always professional, organized, and efficient.

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bstp 10/09/2020

Thank you so much for the kind words! We love working with you and the hospital and know that all the patients we transport will get the highest level of care.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jen Burns and her team with Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol are wonderful. Caring, organized and responsible. A great example of a quality non-profit.

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bstp 10/09/2020

Thank you very much! We are successful because of our dedicated volunteers, support from the community, and partnerships with other local turtle groups.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dedicated volunteers humbly working on the mission to preserve the future of sea turtles. Time well spent!

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bstp 10/09/2020

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being part of the BSTP as a new recruit has been a long time goal of mine. It has given me the opportunity to join an amazing group of like-minded people concerned for our turtles and environment. Their commitment to helping the sea turtles and provide education to broaden awareness is such an inspiration. I cherish this chance to learn as much as possible so that I can take part in hands on learning and community outreach. Love this group❤️

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bstp 10/09/2020

Thank you, Laurie. We're happy to have you on the team.

2 mikekaufmann

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first ten years of my life were lived in a beautiful oceanfront home. When my family moved it was into a home that was about a thousand feet from the beach so the ocean has been a major part of my entire life. The preservation of any endangered species is a monumental task and the people at the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol approach their responsibilities with seriousness and professionalism. I have been blessed to have several opportunities to see them in action and I could not be more proud of the job they do representing our community on behalf of a global effort to save endangered sea turtles. From important issues to beach clean up, sea oats renourishment and sea turtle protection, staffers at the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol work tirelessly to make beach life better for for the residents here and to make the location safer for sea turtles who come ashore in this area to lay their eggs.

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bstp 10/09/2020

Thank you, Mike. We appreciate all that you do to help us raise awareness and funds.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family moved to Atlantic Beach the summer of 2019 and were ecstatic to be beachside and enjoy all that comes with beach life. We shortly after heard about the Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol and all they do in conservation and rescue during turtle season. We see them day/night all along our beaches during nesting season caring for and monitoring all the nests. But it wasn’t till just last month we had our own experience with them when we found a wash back loggerhead while going on a morning walk. Because of there effort to share with all our residents what to do in this situation I was able to quickly find there number and contact them. Within 20 mins we were joined by one of there volunteers who took our wash back to a nearby hospital. I’m am so thrilled and proud that we have such a great organization to protect these precious sea turtles.

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bstp 10/09/2020

Thank you for the kind words and for caring so much about the turtles. We can't do it without help from the community and people like you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What would we do without these hardworking volunteers to protect our sea turtles and help educate the public. Thank you for all you do and you are truly appreciated. So many people know nothing about how to respect and protect our sea turtles. Thank you for for educating us.

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you so much! We appreciate your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

BSTP provides training for volunteers to help preserve the future of the turtles that nest on Jax, Neptune and Atlantic Beach. Without this effort I am sure that many of the nest would not survive the incubation period

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am heavily invested/committed to BSTP for both their mission and the amazing people that volunteer for them! Full disclosure...I am one of the volunteer directors for BSTP (director since 2004, tagalong volunteer since 2000). I was a tagalong volunteer for a few years, didnt feel I could make a long term time commitment to another 'job' or organization but being a tagalong I got to meet the folks who started and those who committed long term to the mission and arduous field & reporting tasks for years/decades day in day out 6-12 months year after year after decade. Most of these folks had jobs or businesses to run, families, volunteered elsewhere, caregiving roles, and raising kids/grandkids. Well, that took most of my excuses away :-). (It also helped finding out it was 100% volunteer, no paid positions EVER where donations go towards the mission instead of BS 'overhead/salary/perq' expenses that we see on the news weekly where large non-profit 'efforts' sometimes exploit their donors contributions on yacht trips, luxury resorts, fancy cars, etc.)....I also got to see the behind the scenes efforts that all our volunteers do 'when no one is watching', and it is inspiring and energizes me every year! Many of our volunteers have become like family or I like to think we were all family before, but were just waiting to be introduced :-). The community is overwhelmingly supportive of our mission and there is so much recognition of the bond between people, nature and non-human life that it gives me hope that love and kindness will always prevail in this world and the next. My only sadness regarding my involvement with Beaches Sea Turtle Patrol is that the sea turtles had to become endangered first before there was a need for groups like BSTP. Lets hope we dont ever need a 'Earth Humans Patrol, Inc' group! Oh wait, we do!

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you so much for the countless hours you have invested in carrying out our mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This non-profit includes a number of dedicated trained volunteers that patrol miles of the Jacksonville beaches at sunrise week after week during nesting season. It’s a wonderful organization with a mission of caring and conservation.

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you for your kind comments and support of our efforts!

4 Teri M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great group totally operated by volunteers. Always willing to share their knowledge with interested beach goers.

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you, Teri, for being such an awesome volunteer!

3 CarrieByTheSea

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful organization full of knowledgeable and dedicated, long-term volunteers protecting sea turtles and their habitat.

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm one of the many volunteers of this organization. Volunteering amongst the many BSTP compassionate and passionate volunteers and leaders of this organization is an absolute honor. Their unwavering passion for the protection and preservation of endangered sea turtles is awe inspiring.

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

BSTP is a small nonprofit run solely by volunteers who donate their valuable time and expertise to sea turtle conservation, community outreach and donation management.

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bstp 10/09/2020

Thank you!

5 rs32233

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BSTP is a group of volunteers who patrol Atlantic, Neptune, and Jacksonville Beaches helping sea turtles during the nesting season and stranded sea turtles year round.

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bstp 09/30/2020

Thank you!