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SEA TURTLE RECOVERY

"Be a part of history by helping to preserve the future!"

aka Sea Turtle Recovery, STR   |   West Orange, NJ   |  https://seaturtlerecovery.org/

Mission

The Sea Turtle Recovery (STR) is dedicated to the rehabilitation, preservation and conservation of Sea Turtles. STR's goal is to rehabilitate sick or injured Sea Turtles for their release back to the wild. The Sea Turtle Recovery also educates the public on the important ecological role of sea turtles, threats endangering them, and ways to protect their future.

Ruling year info

2014

Co-Executive Officer

Bill Deerr

Co-Executive Officer

Brandi Biehl

Main address

PO Box 497

West Orange, NJ 07052 USA

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EIN

46-4861060

NTEE code info

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Prior to Sea Turtle Recovery’s opening, endangered and threatened sea turtles that stranded in New Jersey due to illness or injury could be stabilized in New Jersey but, if they needed long term care, had to be transferred out of state. These sea turtles had to endure long transports as far south as North Carolina. Also, each year the increased sea turtle strandings in the Northeast Region of the United States caused several facilities to reach capacity. With this occurring, it did not leave available space for New Jersey’s stranded sea turtles. Sea Turtle Recovery was created to help these turtles in need. Another obstacle in New Jersey was the lack of information and educational resources available to the public regarding sea turtles. The Sea Turtle Recovery was established to create a voice for sea turtles in NJ. Now, STR ensures that sea turtles receive the necessary care here in NJ, and we are working to expand our education program in the state.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Festival Program

Travel to local schools, fairs, and festivals to teach about sea turtles.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles to be released back to the ocean once they are healthy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

2019 Excellence in Environmental Education 2019

ANJEE

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of released animals

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Sea Turtle Hospital

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of patients released back to the ocean during each year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Sea Turtle Recovery wants to help endangered Sea Turtles by rehabilitating sick and injured turtles back into the wild. STR is the first long term sea turtle hospital in New Jersey. We also work to educate the public about endangered sea turtles.

Sea Turtle Recovery opened it rehabilitation center at the end of 2016. STR's new location allows us to educate the public daily in our educational space. STR also travel through New Jersey and the surrounding areas to educate in schools, at community gatherings and at civic organizations. Sea Turtle Recovery is the only hospital in NJ permitted and licensed to care for sick and injured sea turtles in need of treatment and care. In addition to treating sea turtles that wash ashore and become stranded in NJ, STR opens our available rehabilitation space to facilities in other states that become overcrowded and need assistance.

Our staff consists of two veterinarians and two technicians that have specialized training and experience with sea turtle care. The Sea Turtle Recovery Center is a 4,000 square foot, state of the art facility. STR’s 10,500 gallon life support systems use UV and ozone to provide a safe environment for the sea turtles to heal until they can be released back to the ocean. Our public education area provides information about sea turtles, the important ecological role of sea turtles, threats endangering them, and ways to protect their future. Our facility receives an estimated 500,000 visitors each year and provides an in person glimpse of the sea turtles in our care, as well as the rehabilitation process.

Sea Turtle Recovery admitted our first eleven patients in December of 2016. All eleven of those critically endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtles have now been successfully returned to the wild. We continue to admit sea turtles from along the east coast of the USA as the need arises. As of the January 2022, STR has successfully released 69 sea turtle patients back to their ocean home. Sea Turtle Recovery continues to expand our outreach efforts to create a positive impact on our environment as well as grow our support base to help fund the care of these threatened and endangered species.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SEA TURTLE RECOVERY

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

James Wheatcroft


Board co-chair

Erin Rumsey

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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