Habitat loss and human-driven climate change are transforming the world to an inhabitable wasteland at an astonishing rate.

The natural world is more imperiled than it ever has been in human history. Human encroachment and the overall warming of the planet have put more than one million species at risk for extinction. From our forests, which are being lost at a rate of 37 soccer fields per day, to our coral reefs, which are already 50 percent gone, all ecosystems are suffering injury. Effects from losing these habitats – driven by agriculture, burning fossil fuels, and other human activities – have sweeping consequences for all species, including the human race. As some of our most biodiverse ecosystems with the largest power for carbon sequestration disappear, we must act now to halt the sixth mass extinction.

Through restoration, policy, community engagement, and education, Turtle Island Restoration Network is on the frontlines of advocating for habitat protection and restoring essential ecosystems. From Galveston, Texas where we monitor essential beaches for nesting sea turtles, to northern California where we restore critical habitat for the endangered coho salmon, to the most remote reaches of the ocean where we advocate for critical habitat designation, we’re committed to carving dents into the biodiversity collapse currently underway. We will continue to fight for our fellow species, but we need your help. 

How we protect habitat

Hands-On Restoration

Our innovative community restoration projects create and maintain direct benefits for species recovery, water quality improvement, and ultimately – the health of people.

How we protect habitat

Grassroots Empowerment

With the help of volunteers, students, groups and more, we remedy the impacts human development has had on natural landscapes to aid in the recovery of endangered species.

How we protect habitat

Promoting Sustainable Policies

Our strategic litigation and advocacy campaigns enforce stronger protections for endangered species and their habitat.

How we protect habitat

Environmental Education

Our classroom visits, beach cleanups, art installations and more raise awareness on the importance of protecting marine habitats.

An Underwater Highway

We’re working to create the Cocos-Galapagos Swimway, one of the world’s first bilateral marine protected areas connecting the national parks of two sovereign nations to protect highly migratory species.

Help us protect habitat for migrating sharks.

Join our scuba dive expeditions to Cocos Island, Costa Rica where our research is setting the basis for greater protections for highly migratory species like sharks and sea turtles.

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Our Impact


Native plant species grown in our nursery to support restoration


Community-based nesting beach projects created in Costa Rica


Sharks tagged to support a bilateral marine protected area