Each nesting season, our volunteers patrol the beach to ensure our state sea turtle, the Kemp’s Ridley, returns to nest for many years to come.

We are fortunate to share our beaches with sea turtles, who are among the oldest creatures on earth, and have been returning to nest for more than 100 million years. Our nesting beach monitoring program, initiated by Dr. Andre Landry of Texas A&M University, is one of six patrol units on the Texas Coast that provides vital sea turtle nesting data, first responders when sea turtles are sighted by the public, and crucial training to volunteers.

If you are interested in being a volunteer in the Gulf, please complete our volunteer registration.

How Sea Turtle Patrol Works

Our state sea turtle, the Kemp’s ridley, will be nesting on our beaches from April to mid-July. The Kemp’s ridley is the smallest and most critically endangered sea turtle. To ensure the Kemp’s ridley is protected and returns to nest for many years to come, our volunteers patrol the beach each morning during nesting season in search of nesting sea turtles and their tracks.

Updates

Lemonade Stand Raises Money for Endangered Sea Turtles

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Turtle Island Restoration Network would like to send our sincerest thanks to Poppy, Regan, Abner, Ali, and Natalie who raised money for endangered sea turtles on the July 4th weekend…

TIRN Executive Director Inducted Into Highly Exclusive Explorers Club

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In June, Turtle Island Restoration Network Founder and Executive Director Todd Steiner was accepted to The Explorers Club. In June, Turtle Island Restoration Network Founder and Executive Director Todd Steiner…

Local Groups to Host July 5 Beach Cleanup in Galveston

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Turtle Island Restoration Network and Galveston Island Brewing will host a beach cleanup on July 5 from 8 to 10am. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2019 Press Contact: Joanie Steinhaus,…